HIV in the UK
It is believed that the number of people living undiagnosed with HIV in the UK has trebled in the last decade. A report by the Health Protection Agency found the following:
- An estimated 100,000 persons were living with HIV in the UK at the end of 2014 with over a quarter (27%) unaware of their infection.
- During 2013 there were over 6,000 new diagnoses, a similarly high figure to the diagnoses made in each of the previous four years.
- Over 40% of people newly diagnosed acquired the virus through heterosexual sex.
- People aged over 55 and aged 20-25 are the age groups where the number of postive people is growing the fastest in the UK
These statistics show that approximately one in four people with HIV are undiagnosed (not aware of their status). Data shows that infection is on the increase, along with other sexually transmitted infections like Chlamydia and Syphilis. For more information, statistics and facts, please visit Terrence Higgins Trust.
How Better2Know can make a difference
The earlier HIV is diagnosed the less chance there is that the infected individual will pass the virus to other people. This proves the importance of regular testing. At Better2Know, we believe in the normalisation of HIV and STI testing in the hope of removing any associated stigmas.
Better2Know is supported by the Terrence Higgins Trust, who provide support to our patients who are newly diagnosed. In addition we make regular contributions to their work during the year.