Record numbers living in the UK with HIV

A study from 2010 showed that over a quarter of those infected with HIV were unaware that they had it.  The findings concluded that a wider availability of testing was required to reduce both heterosexual and gay transmissions.

In fact, the heterosexual figure almost doubled between 2003-2007, with the overall number doubling in the past ten years.  At the end of 2010, there were an estimated 91,500 people with HIV in the UK, up from 86,500 the previous year.  The current estimation is around 100,000.

Kensington and Chelsea was the fourth highest primary care trust in England where the prevalence of diagnosed HIV infection exceeded two adults per 1,000 population, with Hammersmith and Fulham coming sixth.

Dr Valerie Delpech, Head of HIV surveillance at the Health Protection Agency’s Centre for Infections, said, “It is very worrying that so many people remain unaware of their HIV status. Wider HIV testing in high prevalence areas of the UK is urgently needed to reduce the number of undiagnosed infections.”

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Table 1. Primary care trusts in England where the prevalence of diagnosed HIV infection exceeded two adults per 1,000 population (aged 15-59 years) in 2007.
Primary Care Trust
Residents accessing HIV-related care (15-59)
Resident population*
(1000s) (15-59)
Diagnosed HIV
prevalence per 1,000
Rate
Rank
London
Barking and Dagenham
427
101.7
4.20
19
Barnet
507
205.5
2.47
31
Brent Teaching
676
179.8
3.76
21
Camden
1,181
169.0
6.99
9
City and Hackney Teaching †
1,132
147.1
7.70
5
Croydon
824
214.4
3.84
20
Ealing
549
204.5
2.68
28
Enfield
587
178.0
3.30
23
Greenwich Teaching
711
144.2
4.93
14
Hammersmith and Fulham
906
122.6
7.39
6
Haringey Teaching
1,024
155.0
6.61
11
Hillingdon
336
157.6
2.13
32
Hounslow
516
147.2
3.51
22
Islington
1,110
136.1
8.16
3
Kensington and Chelsea
943
121.4
7.77
4
Lambeth
2,339
196.2
11.92
1
Lewisham
1,098
176.5
6.22
12
Newham
1,175
166.6
7.05
8
Redbridge
404
159.4
2.53
29
Southwark
1,830
194.5
9.41
2
Sutton and Merton ‡
619
249.9
2.48
30
Tower Hamlets
836
152
5.50
13
Waltham Forest
654
145.1
4.51
16
Wandsworth
880
204.4
4.31
18
Westminster
1,155
170.0
6.79
10
Out of London
Blackpool
272
82.4
3.30
24
Bournemouth and Poole §
354
176.3
2.01
34
Brighton and Hove City
1,236
167.5
7.38
7
Heart Of Birmingham ¶
493
171.2
2.88
26
Leicester City
535
189.0
2.83
27
Luton
513
118.2
4.34
17
Manchester
1,459
312.8
4.66
15
Nottingham City
412
197.1
2.09
33
Salford
427
137.0
3.12
25
* Office for National Statistics population estimates for local/unitary authorities aggregated where appropriate to match primary care trust boundaries.
† Numbers accessing care, population estimates and diagnosed HIV prevalence in the City of London UA were 45, 5,700 and 7.89 per 1,000, and in Hackney UA were 1,087, 141,400 and 7.69 per 1,000.
‡ Numbers accessing care, population estimates and diagnosed HIV prevalence in the Sutton UA were 208, 116,000 and 1.79 per 1,000, and in Merton UA were 411, 133,700 and 3.07 per 1,000.
§ Numbers accessing care, population estimates and diagnosed HIV prevalence in the Bournemouth LA were 257, 98,500 and 2.61 per 1,000, and in Poole LA were 97, 77,800 and 1.25 per 1,000.
¶ Office for National Statistics 2006 population estimate for Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT.
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