HIV cases drop in North East

New figures released today show a 14 percent drop in the number of people in the North East diagnosed with HIV.

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"People no longer die from being HIV positive"

Nearly half of all new cases of HIV in the North East were diagnosed late or very late in 2011.

Sean Murphy from the charity Body Positive North East said early detection rates are low because people are afraid to go for tests - but if the virus is caught early, they have nothing to fear.

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