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The Chief Executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust highlighted that HIV is "an entirely preventable condition" and regular testing can halt the spread of the virus.
Sir Nick Partridge said:
Sir Nick also urged people in high-risk groups to undergo regular HIV testing.
The Health Protection Agency's head of HIV surveillance, Dr Valerie Delpech, said the record number of people in the UK living with the virus is a "reminder" of how vital safe sex programmes remain.
Dr Delpech said:
A record number of people in the UK are living with HIV, new figures released today show.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said there are around 96,000 people who have the virus - an all-time high.
But health officials have warned that a quarter of people who have the virus are not aware they have been infected.
In 2011, 6,280 were people diagnosed with HIV, the HPA said. Nearly half of those diagnoses were acquired heterosexually.
Of these, more than half were probably acquired in the UK compared to only 27 percent in 2002, according to the HPA report.
Black African people are also at a higher risk, the agency said, with 37 per 1,000 living with the infection - overall HIV prevalence in the UK was 1.5 per 1,000 people, it added.