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Black African and black Caribbean communities

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Black Africans in the UK are particularly affected by HIV. By comparison, black Caribbean populations in the UK experience a higher burden of acute bacterial STIs, such as gonorrhoea, genital chlamydial infection and syphilis and a high, but lower burden of HIV.

 

Sexually transmitted infections in black African and black Caribbean communities in the UK: 2008 report

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Sexually transmitted infections in black African and black Caribbean communities in the UK: 2008 Report

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HIV Data for black African and black Caribbean communities

Sexual Health Messages:

People from black African and black Caribbean communities can reduce their risk of getting or transmitting HIV, or a sexually transmitted infection, by:

  • Always using a condom correctly and consistently when having sex with new or casual partners, until all partners have had a sexual health screen.
  • Avoiding overlapping sexual relationships and reducing their number of sexual partners.
  • Having an HIV test, and a regular HIV and STI screen if having unprotected sex with new or casual partners.
  • Unprotected sex with partners believed to be of the same HIV status (serosorting) is unsafe. For the HIV positive, there is a high risk of acquiring other STIs and hepatitis. For the HIV negative there is a high risk of HIV transmission (a fifth of HIV positive individuals are unaware of their infection) as well as acquiring STIs and hepatitis.

How to get an HIV test:

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