Rise in HIV in Gay Men
13th December 2013
Largest ever number of HIV diagnoses in UK gay men – due to increased testing and new infections
During 2012, 3250 gay men were diagnosed with HIV in the United Kingdom, the largest number of cases ever recorded in this group. While there are several indications that more gay men are getting tested (and so some of the diagnoses are of previously acquired infections), the figures are also fuelled by risky behaviour and new infections. Epidemiologists at Public Health England estimate that around 2400 men who have sex with men (MSM) newly acquired HIV during the year – a figure that has not changed in the past decade.