Public Health England published new figures today showing an 18% decrease in HIV diagnoses in the UK in 2016. This is the largest decrease we’ve ever seen.
Increased testing, prompt treatment with antiretroviral drugs and use of the preventative drug PrEP have all contributed to the trend. However, 42% of people are still being diagnosed late, so testing and prevention campaigns are still vital as we tackle the epidemic in the UK.
Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon said “This is really encouraging news. It shows that HIV prevention work is highly effective and can make a significant difference in just a year. Each person who is told they have HIV, is one too many. So despite budgets being stretched, we must keep up the momentum.”
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