New report shows rise in HIV cases
Although the UK has excellent treatment and care for people living with HIV, the annual number of new cases has increased to 6151 according to a new Public Health England Report, 2015 . This is due to new diagnoses amongst the men sleeping with men (MSM) in 2014 whereas the number of cases amongst the heterosexual population showed a decline in a similar period.
This decrease in heterosexual cases is described as being due to fewer cases seen amongst the Black African Community for men and women.
HIV affects all ages, therefore general observation and awareness is important. Early diagnoses is also key to saving more lives and reducing transmission.
While AHPN welcomes trends showing the reduction of HIV in the African Community, more resources and support are needed in order to continue the work that the black voluntary sector carry out while offering support to Africans in UK living with HIV.