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Research Article

Surveillance of AIDS in the United Kingdom.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987; 295 doi: (Published 05 December 1987) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987;295:1466
  1. A McCormick,
  2. H Tillett,
  3. B Bannister,
  4. J Emslie
  1. PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London.


    The surveillance of cases of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the United Kingdom is described and a preliminary analysis made of the 1012 cases that were reported to the end of August 1987. Homosexuals were the largest risk group. For the first time it is possible to present cases by the date of diagnosis and by the regional health authority of residence. The rate of increase of new cases shows no sign of slowing down. One third of patients with AIDS lived in a different regional health authority from that in which their disease had been diagnosed. The geographical distribution varied with the risk group. The commonest presenting clinical feature at diagnosis was Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Kaposi's sarcoma was considerably more common among homosexuals than among people in other groups at risk.