Progress towards ending the HIV epidemic in the UK: 2018 report

04 December 2018

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A new report from Public Health England (PHE) shows that the UK is one of the first countries to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, highlighting that prevention efforts are working in the UK. New estimates reveal that in 2017, 92% of people living with HIV in the UK have been diagnosed, 98% of those diagnosed were on treatment, and 97% of those on treatment were virally suppressed.

In 2017, an estimated total of 102,000 people were living with HIV in the UK, with 8% (8,200) unaware of their infection. As a result of treatment, 87% of all people living with HIV have an undetectable viral load and are unable to pass on their infection to other people (this is widely known as ‘Undetectable equals Untransmissible’ or ‘U=U’).

New HIV diagnoses continue to decline in the UK, falling 17% from 5,280 in 2016 to 4,363 in 2017. The reduction in new diagnoses continues the downward trend in HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men that started in 2012.

Following the publication of the new data in the UK report on HIV, Scotland acknowledges success in achieving the UNAIDS 2020 targets of 90-90-90 with an estimated 91% knowing their diagnosis, 98% of those diagnosed on antiviral therapy and 97% on treatment being virally suppressed (more detail available in our news section).

‘Progress towards ending the HIV epidemic in the UK: 2018 report’ can be accessed on the GOV.UK website

Source: PHE, 29 November 2018