Drop in new HIV cases among men

Data from Public Health England has shown that new diagnoses of HIV among men who have sex with men in England have fallen.

Numbers have decreased from 2,060 in 2014/15 to 1,700 in 2015/16, with an even steeper drop in London. Public Health England said increased testing, quick treatment with antiretroviral drugs and use of the preventative drug PrEP have all contributed to the trend.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon said “This reduction in new diagnoses is fantastic news. This is clear proof that money invested in HIV prevention is money well spent. Not only is HIV prevention work good for individuals and public health, it’s also cost effective. Despite budgets being stretched, it’s crucial we keep this momentum going.”

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