'Record number' live with HIV

The Health Protection Agency said a record number of people in the UK are living with HIV. About 96,000 people have the virus, according to the HPA's latest figures.

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HIV figures 'reminder' safe sex programmes are vital

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:

Promoting HIV testing and condom use is crucial to tackling the high rates of transmission, late diagnosis and undiagnosed HIV still seen in the UK.

The good news is that with the excellent services and treatments available nowadays, if diagnosed and treated early someone with HIV can look forward to a normal lifespan, as well as protecting their sexual partners from infection.

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