HIV in the United Kingdom

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  • An estimated 96,000 (90,800–102,500) people were living with HIV in the UK by the end of 2011, an increase from 91,500 (85,400 –99,000) in 2010. The overall prevalence in 2011 was 1.5 per 1,000 population with the highest rates reported among men who have sex with men (MSM) (47 per 1,000) and the black African community (37 per 1,000).
  • 24% (19%–28%) of people living with HIV were unaware of their infection in 2011, the same proportion as seen in 2010.
  • In 2011, 6,280 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK, a 21% decline from the peak in new diagnoses in 2005. The decrease is largely due to a reduction in the number of diagnoses reported among those born outside of the UK.
  • New diagnoses among MSM have been increasing since 2007 with 3,010 reports in 2011, representing an all-time high. Direct and indirect measures of incidence show that the rate of HIV transmission in this population remains high.
  • Over half of th

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