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HIV numbers continue to rise

25th November 2008

The Health Protection Agency has said their estimates show there are now over 77,000 people who have HIV in the UK. 

In 2007, there were over 7,000 new cases of HIV - an increase of 6% since 2006. Dr Valerie Delpech, head of HIV surveillance at the HPA's Centre for Infections, said: "We need to improve availability of HIV testing in a number of healthcare settings, including general practice, to improve diagnosis of this infection. Without this we will not see the reduction in transmission that we need to see, or a further fall in serious disease."  

 

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