View Full Version : Immigration Responsible for UK 's Soaring HIV Epidemic'

friedrich braun
Thursday, November 25th, 2004, 02:21 PM
Another point to think about in the immigration debate.

Thu 25 Nov 2004

2:50am (UK)

UK 'Suffering from Soaring HIV Epidemic'

By Lyndsay Moss, PA Health Correspondent

Britain is “in the grip of a serious HIV epidemic” as the number of people suffering from the infection continues to soar, figures showed today.

There are 53,000 adults now living with the infection and more than a quarter (27%) are unaware of their infection, amounting to as many as 14,300 people.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said there were 6,606 new HIV infections diagnosed in the UK during 2003, but this figure was expected to rise as high as 7,000 once all data was collected.

This is a significant increase on the 6,017 cases diagnosed in 2002 and more than double the 2,835 cases in 1998.

Each HIV infection is estimated to cost between £500,000 and £1 million in treatment and lost productivity, meaning the UK faces rising costs as well as increasing ill health.

The majority of new cases diagnosed in the UK are the result of people migrating from countries with the biggest HIV problem, especially Africa.

The HPA’s report – Focus on Prevention – also highlights increases in other sexually transmitted infections, which it said were being fuelled by risky sexual behaviour particularly in young people and men having sex with men.

Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis have seen big rises in recent years, with large proportions of people under 25 becoming infected.

Campaigners have blamed the lack of proper sex education in schools and long waits at genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics for the sexual disease epidemic sweeping the nation.

Today’s report showed that the distribution of HIV cases has changed in the past decade, moving away from gay men and into heterosexual adults.

In 1994 only 31% of new cases were in heterosexuals, but last year it had almost doubled to 58%.

According to the HPA report, London continues to be the focus of the HIV epidemic, accounting for 52% of those diagnosed with the infection.

Dr Ewen Stewart, HIV spokesman at the Royal College of GPs, said: “It is worrying that there are now a large number of people in the UK with undiagnosed HIV.

“They are often presenting at GP surgeries when they are unwell and their HIV is already at an advanced stage.”

The Terrence Higgins Trust said the figures confirmed that the UK was “in the grip of a serious HIV epidemic”.

Chief executive Nick Partridge said: “We know how to improve the nation’s sexual health – the basics of a good sex education, easy access to testing and treatment and increased public awareness would go a long way to reducing the epidemics we currently face.”

Today, the Government also launched a £300 million programme over three years to modernise sexual health services in England.

The fpa (Family Planning Association) said that the introduction of compulsory sex and relationships education in schools was the single most important step in improving sexual health.

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Paul Burstow added: “Sexual health services are one of the most neglected areas of the NHS and are continually starved of funds to meet Government targets or to pay off trust debts.

“Preventing the rising tide of infections would save the NHS millions and, more importantly, would save lives.”

Mistress Klaus
Thursday, November 25th, 2004, 02:54 PM
There is a belief that Aids doesn't even exist....claiming that people centuries ago withered away & died of symptoms much like the Aids of modern times. :suomut: ...Hmmm...I don't know what to believe.