United Kingdom: Fears Over Late HIV Diagnoses
December 2, 2009
The United Kingdom recorded 7,298 new HIV diagnoses last year among people over age 15, and almost one-third tested late, the Health Protection Agency recently reported. An estimated 32 percent of diagnoses (n=2,310) were in people whose CD4 counts had already fallen to less than 200 cells/cubic millimeter. The proportion of late-testers would be 55 percent using treatment guidelines from the British HIV Association, which calls for initiating antiretroviral therapy when the CD4 count falls below 350 cells/cubic millimeter. Last year, 525 people with HIV died, which is comparable to previous years, HPA said.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.