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Rate of late diagnosis of HIV remains too high in UK, new data show

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6838 (Published 26 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6838
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

A quarter of people in the United Kingdom who have been infected with HIV are unaware they have it, the latest figures show. And in more than half (3450) of the 6630 people who were given a diagnosis of HIV in 2009 the diagnosis was late, after the stage at which treatment should have started.

To improve detection rates, people living in areas of high prevalence of HIV should be encouraged to be tested when they register with a GP or are admitted to hospital, says the Health Protection Agency in its latest report.

An estimated 86 500 people in the UK were living with HIV in 2009, although almost 22 500 were unaware they had the infection—a proportion that has remained static over the …

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