The latest report from Public Health England shows that the number of people accessing HIV treatment in England is growing. While there has been over 6,000 new diagnoses in England in 2015, the growing numbers accessing treatment show that the infection is no longer the threat to life it once was.
Here are the key statistics from the report:
Being diagnosed early is key to successful treatment. This is likely to be PHE’s main focus in forthcoming years. Being diagnosed early means getting better and earlier access to the right medication, and means the virus can do less damage to your body. It also helps prevents the onward transmission of the virus. The figures show that MSM are less likely to be diagnosed late than heterosexuals. This means that regular testing and open communication with partners may be helping to identify new cases of HIV early.
HIV continues to be less talked about in the heterosexual community, where late diagnoses are more of a problem. This means that treatment may take longer to reach a stable point, and makes contact tracing harder as the lookback period is longer. It may mean that people no longer have the contact details of people who may be at risk of HIV.
Better2Know can help you to get tested for HIV. With tests that start from just 10 days after potential exposure, we will have the right test for you to get you the answers to your HIV status quickly and accurately.