HIV cases reach record high

The number of people living with HIV in the South East has reached more than seven thousand, according to estimated figures from the Health Protection Agency. They suggest that nearly half of all cases were as a result of sex between men and women.

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'Complacency' blamed for rise in HIV

Shocking figures have revealed just how many people in the south are living with HIV. While new cases nationally have fallen slightly, here, in some areas, they've hit record levels - with a dramatic rise in the number of hetrosexual people contracting it.

There are nearly 8,000 people with HIV in our region. Brighton and Hove is a hot spot and has the highest rate of HIV outside of London.

In the last ten years there has been a 150% increase in the number of people accessing treatment for HIV in the south. The message from experts is get tested - and that HIV is not a death sentence.

This from Charlotte Wilkins who speaks to HIV patient John Cook, Paula Evenden, from The Sussex Beacon and Ross Boseley from The Terence Higgins Trust.

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