William Eichler 04 September 2018

HIV diagnoses fall second year in a row

HIV diagnoses fall second year in a row image

HIV diagnoses in the UK have fallen for the second year in a row, public health body reveals.

New diagnoses of the virus decreased by 17% in 2017, Public Health England data shows. There were 4,363 new diagnoses reported compared to 5,280 in 2016.

This has brought new cases down to their lowest level since 2000.

The reduction was largely driven by a decline in new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men, according to PHE.

This decrease was due to the high uptake of HIV testing in this group, particularly repeat HIV testing among higher risk men, and an increased uptake of anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

‘We are pleased to see that UK prevention efforts are having a significant impact on new HIV diagnoses, and this heralds the lowest number of HIV diagnoses in the UK since 2000,’ said Professor Noel Gill, head of the STI and HIV Department at PHE.

‘However, we know that anyone who has sex with a casual partner without a condom or shares needles may be at risk of infection.

‘The most common way of getting HIV in the UK is through having sex without a condom – so consistent and correct condom use with new and casual partners stops you getting or transmitting HIV and other STIs.

‘If you think you have been exposed to HIV it is easy to get tested so, if positive, you can start treatment as soon as possible.’

Maintaining performance image

Maintaining performance

The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.
Revolutionising mental health image

Revolutionising mental health

Cllr Jasmine Ali explains how Southwark Council is putting plans into action to revolutionise children’s mental health in Southwark.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
£30300 - £41475 per annum + plus benefits
We are one of the most effective and progressive Children and Families Service in the country. Our vision is to support families through strengths bas England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Sustainability & Resilience Officer

Essex County Council
£30001.0 - £34017 per annum
This opportunity is to be offered on a 6-month, fixed term / secondment contract basisInterviews scheduled to be held Friday 17th April Job Purpose Es England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Social Worker or Senior OT - Older Adults Team

Essex County Council
£38400 - £46475 per annum
Interviews for this role will take place via video calling using Microsoft Teams.Seeking skilled, motivated Senior Social Workers and Senior OT's who England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Principal Litigation Solicitor

Thanet District Council
Starting Salary £41,676 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £47,508 per annum.
We are a small and friendly team and are looking to expand with a number of senior legal roles Thanet, Kent
Recuriter: Thanet District Council

Information Governance and Equalities Manager

Thanet District Council
Starting salary of £38,916 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £44,352 per annum
We are a small and friendly team and are looking to expand with a number of senior legal roles Thanet, Kent
Recuriter: Thanet District Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue