HIV cases rise in UK
The number of people in the United Kingdom infected with HIV is expected to rise by almost a half by 2005, according to the latest Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) projections.
New estimates suggest that almost 34 000 people will be infected with the AIDS virus by 2005 compared with 23 000 in 2001, an increase of 47%. Cases of HIV reached a new high in 2001 with 3330 new diagnoses, up 17% against the previous year.
Dr Barry Evans, head of the HIV and sexually transmitted infections division at the PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, said that he expected that the number of new cases dianosed last year would be well over 4000, as more of them are reported over the coming months.
Gay and bisexual men overall remain the biggest risk group, with 1592 diagnoses in 2001. However, for the third year running diagnoses among heterosexuals exceeded diagnoses