The relentless rise of HIV and other sexual infections in the UK is continuing, with evidence that some groups in the population are ignoring warnings and still engaging in risky sexual behaviour, according to figures published yesterday. There are now 63,500 adults living with HIV infection in the UK, of whom 7,450 were diagnosed during 2005, according to the Health Protection Agency.
It is 25 years since Aids was identified and surveillance began. The UK is ahead of most countries in its efforts to prevent infection and treat it, and yet the spread in this country has not been checked, the HPA acknowledged yesterday. “The UK’s response has been one of the best in the world, but this is no time for complacency,” said Dr Valerie Delpech, a consultant epidemiologist with the agency.