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HIV in the United Kingdom: 2008 report

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Publication date: November 2008



  • An estimated 77,400 people were living with HIV in the UK at the end of 2007, of whom over a quarter (28%) were unaware of their infection.
  • During 2007 there were 7734 new diagnoses of HIV, a similarly high figure to the diagnoses made in each of the previous four years.
  • New HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men continue to increase and over four-fifths of these infections were probably acquired in the UK.
  • The estimated number of people infected through heterosexual contact within the UK has increased from 540 new diagnoses in 2003 to 960 in 2007, and has doubled, from 11% to 23%, as a proportion of all heterosexual diagnoses during this period.
  • Almost a third (31%) of persons newly diagnosed with HIV were diagnosed late, that is at a point after which therapy should have begun (CD4 cell count less than 200 per mm3).
  • Seventy percent of the 56,556 persons seen for HIV care were receiving anti-retroviral therapy. Almost one in five HIV-infected persons with severe immunosuppression, however, were not on treatment.
  • Uptake of HIV testing in genitourinary medicine and antenatal clinic settings reached 75% and 94%, respectively.


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Last reviewed: 30 April 2010