Large rise in HIV diagnosis

Daily Echo: Large rise in HIV diagnosis Large rise in HIV diagnosis

DIAGNOSIS of HIV has soared by more than 20 per cent in the past ten years across the south.

New figures revealed today show that there were 319 people newly diagnosed with the disease in the south central region, which covers Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, up by 21 per cent from 2001.

In total there were 3,436 people in HIV care last year, more than three-and-a-half times the 2001 total of 937.

Experts put the increase in diagnosis down to a combination of factors, including the fact that more people are getting tested and the failure of others to take precautions with new partners.

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11:58am Tue 29 Nov 11

Goldenwight says...

A 'combination of factors' is not really a helpful comment here- what proportion are genuine new cases, and what proportion are older cases previously undiagnosed?

WHY are more people getting the disease- it is totally preventable (OK, I accept that there are sometimes accidental infections such as the blood transfusions of the 1980s.) That is the point that needs addressing, not the fact that there are more sufferers.

Make no mistake, there is only one effective treatment for HIV and that is prevention of infection. Since the disease and its causes are well documented, we need to establish the reason for continued growth.
A 'combination of factors' is not really a helpful comment here- what proportion are genuine new cases, and what proportion are older cases previously undiagnosed? WHY are more people getting the disease- it is totally preventable (OK, I accept that there are sometimes accidental infections such as the blood transfusions of the 1980s.) That is the point that needs addressing, not the fact that there are more sufferers. Make no mistake, there is only one effective treatment for HIV and that is prevention of infection. Since the disease and its causes are well documented, we need to establish the reason for continued growth. Goldenwight
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12:04pm Tue 29 Nov 11

Condor Man says...

people have become too complacent, with new retroviral drugs the disease can be controlled but never cured.
people have become too complacent, with new retroviral drugs the disease can be controlled but never cured. Condor Man
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5:47pm Wed 30 Nov 11

fuzzyfelt says...

the highest occurence has been amongst heterosexual couples ....people still believe that it wont touch them gay or straight ...i remember a memorable high profile campaign from years back that showed how sleeping with one person also meant you may as well have slept with their previous lovers ad infinitum ...how well do you really know who you are sleeping with ? never be unsafe full stop
the highest occurence has been amongst heterosexual couples ....people still believe that it wont touch them gay or straight ...i remember a memorable high profile campaign from years back that showed how sleeping with one person also meant you may as well have slept with their previous lovers ad infinitum ...how well do you really know who you are sleeping with ? never be unsafe full stop fuzzyfelt
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