Public Health England has today released the report ‘HIV in the UK – Situation Report 2015: Incidence, prevalence and prevention.’
In 2014 an estimated 103,700 people were living with HIV of whom 69,200 were men and 34,400 were women. With an estimated 17% (18,100 people) of people living with HIV unaware of their infection and at risk of unknowingly passing on HIV.
Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon says:
“Even though we are seeing a decline in the number of undiagnosed infections the rates of ongoing transmission remain high. Ensuring that people have access to HIV tests, PrEP and HIV medicines is essential in stopping the spread of the virus. Year on year we have seen an increase in the number of people living with HIV highlighting the need for effective prevention programmes to ensure that people most at risk of HIV receive the information and advice on how to stay negative.”
Today Public Health England have launched a free HIV home sampling service to increase HIV testing for those at higher-risk of HIV.
Jason Warriner, Lead Nurse at The Sussex Beacon said:
“Easy access to testing is key to reducing undiagnosed HIV. Having a range of testing options available helps to normalise testing and gives people a choice for where and when they want to test. Early diagnosis of HIV means that people can access treatment and care services so that they remain healthy.”
The Sussex Beacon remains committed to supporting people living with HIV and responding to their changing needs.