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The Statistics

HIV in the UK — 2016

  • An estimated 89,400 people are living with HIV in England.
  • Of these, 12% are undiagnosed and do not know about their HIV infection.
  • There were 5,164 new HIV diagnoses.
  • 442 people with HIV died in 2016 for all causes. The overall mortality rate for people aged 15-59 diagnosed with HIV is, for the first time, equal to that of the general population for the same age group.
  • 278 people were diagnosed with an AIDS defining illness.
    (Less than half than those diagnosed with AIDS in 2006)
  • 42% of people diagnosed with HIV in 2016 were diagnosed late.
  • More than a third (38%) of people accessing care were aged over 50.
  • 1 in 7 gay and bisexual men living with HIV were from black, Asian and other minority (BAME) groups.
  • 76% of people newly diagnosed have started antiretroviral treatment within 90 days.
  • London continues to have the highest HIV prevalence in the country, with 40% of all people living with HIV in England living in London.
  • The Midlands and the East of England region have the highest prevalence with 19% of new diagnoses outside of London.

All data above is taken from Public Health England [PDF] 2017

The Terence Higgins Trust recently stated that: ' For the whole of the UK, the figure for 2015 is estimated at 101,200 people. A new estimate for the whole of the UK will be released by Public Health England in 2018.'

In their overview they said:

The number of new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual has for the first time in three decades declined. In 2016, 2,810 new diagnoses were made compared to 3,570 in 2015, representing a 21% decline.

2,110 heterosexual men and women were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2016.

Black African men and women accounted for 39% of new diagnoses in heterosexuals.

Over half (55%) of new diagnoses were acquired in the UK.

42% of all people diagnosed with HIV were diagnosed late. Late diagnosis is most common in certain groups, heterosexuals in particular:

  • heterosexual men (60%)
  • black African heterosexual  men (65%)
  • heterosexual women (47%)
  • black African heterosexual women (49%)
  • people who inject drugs (51%)

Gay and bisexual men had the lowest proportion of late diagnoses, at 32%.

More than a third of people accessing HIV care were aged over 50 (38%).