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Britain Experiences Steep AIDS Rise

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Wednesday, 4 December 2002

LONDON -- In what public health officials in Britain deemed an "extremely worrying trend," new cases of HIV diagnosed in the UK in 2002 are expected to increase by 20 percent, more than twice the amount being reported at the end of the 1990s.

"We're two decades into this and we still haven't got it under control in the UK, and it is one of the world's richest countries with a developed healthcare system," Dr Barry Evans of the Public Health Laboratory Service, told the Reuters news agency.


"We still haven't got it under control in the UK."


 

  

 

New figures released December 1, World AIDS Day, show that up to the end of September, 2,945 new diagnoses had been reported, compared to 2,354 for the same time last year. The PHLS estimates that by the end of 2002, the number is expected to hit 6,000, about 1,200 more than in 2001.

"We are moving in the wrong direction and that is extremely worrying," said Evans.

The increases are attributed partly to heterosexual transmissions in emigres from highly infected countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and partly, say officials, from an increase in unsafe sex among gay Britons.

 


"Our best estimate of the overall number of HIV infected individuals within the UK is around 41,200, and just over 12,900 of those are undiagnosed," Evans said. PHLS estimates the number of gay men contracting HIV in Britain stands at about 1,500 annually.

UNAIDS, the United Nations organization spearheading the global battle against HIV/AIDS, said on Sunday that by the end of 2002, 42 million people worldwide will be living with HIV/AIDS and five million were newly infected in 2002.

-- Editor