Thursday, 2 January 2014

One-in-20 UK gays is HIV-positive

On 29 November 2012, Dr Valerie Delpech of the Health Protection Agency was quoted thus by The Guardian:
"About 8,000 to 10,000 gay men are HIV positive (in the UK) and unaware of their status."
The Guardian added:
"One in 20 gay men and men who occasionally have sex with men are HIV positive in the UK, and in London, the ratio is as high as one in 12. Part of the reason for the observed rise is increased testing, but, says the HPA, it is also clear that too many men are unaware that they have HIV and are unknowingly infecting others.

According to the HPA's annual report, released on Thursday in advance of World Aids Day on Saturday, 3,010 men who have sex with men were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2011, 47.9% of all new diagnoses in the UK...

The black African community in Britain also faces a higher risk than average, with 37 out of every 1,000 living with HIV last year. Far more men and women in the black African community are diagnosed late than gay men, 68% and 61% respectively, compared with 35%."
Sir Nick Partridge, chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, said:
"HIV is an entirely preventable condition, yet each year we see thousands more people across the UK receive this life-changing diagnosis."
I should think that would have something to do with the irresponsible and indulgent behaviours of the minorities cited above, Nick.

And, of course, those within the establishment who have promoted and protected their anti-societal behaviours.

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