National HIV Testing Week
Some recent statistics
- Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK
- Of these, 24% are undiagnosed and do not know about their HIV infection
- In 2013 530 people living with HIV died, most were diagnosed late
- There were over 6,000 new HIV diagnoses in 2013
- Nearly half (42%) of people diagnosed in 2013 were diagnosed late; after they should have already started treatment
- Over 50% of new HIV diagnoses in 2013 were among men who had sex with men (MSM)
- There were over 1 million HIV tests performed in GUM clinics across the country in 2013
All data is taken from the Public Health England's 'HIV in the UK 2014' report.
Prompt diagnosis means that people who contract HIV can start treatment early and thereby reduce the risk of onward transmission through sexual contact to extremely low levels.
Healthy Gay Cornwall recommends that MSM should have an HIV and sexual health screen every year and at least every 3 months if having unprotected sex with new or casual partners.
This is why Healthy Gay Cornwall supports National HIV Testing Week; this week long event happens every year in November.
Find out more about National HIV Testing Week here.
Keep an eye on the events page to see the date of the next National HIV Testing Week.