“New diagnoses for people infected with HIV in the UK almost doubled over the past decade, (from 1,950 in 2001 to 3,780 in 2010) according to new figures released today by the Health Protection Agency (HPA). If these 3,780 UK-acquired HIV cases in 2010 had been prevented, over £32 million annually or £1.2 billion over a lifetime in costs would have been saved. Men who have sex with men remain the group most at risk of becoming infected with HIV in the UK and new diagnoses in this group alone have increased by 70 per cent in the past 10 years rising from 1,810 in 2001 to 3,080 in 2010. Late diagnosis continues to severely affect the health outcomes of people with HIV. On average, of all those who die from HIV infection every year, three out of five are diagnosed late – that is after the point their treatment should have begun. New guidance released today by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends increased testing of HIV in key risk groups. In the UK black Africans and men who have sex with men are most at risk of becoming infected with HIV. Increased testing will encourage early diagnosis in these groups.”
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