according to HIV infection rates in gay and bisexual men dropped by almost one third since 2015 in England.
London’s leading sexual health clinic backs up the findings that HIV transmission rates are on the decline in England.
‘Provisional data suggests that HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men in England has fallen,’ Delpech said.
During the HepHIV conference in Malta on Wednesday (1 February), Valerie Delpech of Public Health England revealed the results.
The results offer a nationwide snapshot of the state of new HIV transmissions in England.
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New HIV infections in gay men have dropped by a third in England
The rate of gay men being diagnosed with HIV has dropped by nearly a third in England since 2015.
“This is extremely positive news for gay and bisexual men, who continue to be one of the groups most affected by HIV.
Valerie Delpech: all-clinic slide showing collective decline in gay HIV diagnoses in England last year #HEPHIV2017 pic.twitter.com/31yxXktOGO — Gus Cairns (@guscairns) February 1, 2017It is thought that the sharp drop is down to gay men taking pre-exposure prophylaxis medication, which they have imported from abroad.
“Provisional data suggests that HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men in England has fallen, although it is not possible to confirm this at a national level until all data for 2016 have been received,” Valerie Delpech of Public Health England told New Scientist.
One explanation for the sharp drop is that people have been taking PrEP.
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