World Aids Day
In the run up to World Aids Day which lands on the 1st December every year across the world, Gateshead’s Sexual Health where out in force promoting the event at Trinity Square in Gateshead speaking to members of the public raising awareness of the global campaign. The team where out raising awareness of HIV, normalizing and encouraging access to regular screening as the Virus may not present symptoms until many years later. An estimated 89,400 people were living with HIV in the UK at the end of 2016 .
The epidemic is largely concentrated among certain key populations, including men who have sex with men and black African populations.
The UK has made significant progress in antiretroviral treatment coverage in recent decades. 96% of those diagnosed are now accessing treatment and 94% are virally suppressed.
However, late diagnosis remains a key challenge. In 2016 42% of diagnoses happened at a late stage of infection.
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