HIV cases have increased in the United Kingdom
- By: Samena Chaudhry
The number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in the United Kingdom has reached an all time high, according to figures published by the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS). Figures show that there were 3435 new cases in 2000. This represents a 14% increase over the previous year's figures. The PHLS also said that about 10 000 people in the UK were infected with HIV, but had not been diagnosed. These figures were released a week before the 20th anniversary of the first AIDS cases being recorded in the United States.
The PHLS says that the number of newly diagnosed cases in 2000 was the highest in one year since testing became widely available in 1985 and warns that the figures may rise further as late reports of cases are received. Last year there were 36m people living with HIV and AIDS world wide - 50% more than the World