Offer regular HIV tests to high risk groups to reduce late diagnoses, says public health agency

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8169
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The number of HIV diagnoses in the United Kingdom among men who have sex with men reached its highest level in 2011, the Health Protection Agency has said.

The agency’s annual report on HIV in the UK shows that 6280 people were given new diagnoses of HIV in 2011: 4470 men and 1810 women.1

New diagnoses among men who have sex with men surpassed the number of diagnoses made among people who contracted the virus through heterosexual sex for the first time since 1999, accounting for almost half of new diagnoses in 2011 (3010). In 2010 there were 3000 new diagnoses among men who have sex with men , which was at the time the highest level recorded in one year.

In the UK overall one in 20 men who have sex with men now have …

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