With World Aids Day fast approaching- Thursday December 1st it’s important to spare a thought for those who have lost their lives to HIV over the years and also those people living with HIV day to day. Here’s five facts about HIV in Britain in 2016
DID YOU KNOW?
Around 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK and between 6,000 and 7,000 people are newly diagnosed each year.
Approximately 24% of people living with HIV in the UK don’t know they have HIV. At Summit House we provide a simple blood or saliva test just call us to book in.
There is no cure for HIV, but very good treatment is available which will keep the amount of virus in the blood very low, and the body healthy. People on HIV treatment can live healthy, active lives. If diagnosed early, a person living with HIV in the UK can expect a normal life span.
The most common ways for HIV to be passed on are:
1. Anal or vaginal sex without a condom (reported for 95% of
people diagnosed with HIV in the UK last year)
2. Sharing needles, syringes or other drug injecting equipment
3. From an HIV positive mother to her child during pregnancy,
childbirth or breastfeeding (BUT, in the UK only 0.5% of
babies born to HIV positive mothers have HIV as treatment
available during pregnancy is so effective
Oral sex carries a much lower risk than penetrative sex, but HIV can still be passed on if the person performing oral sex has cuts,bleeding gums or ulcers in their mouth which come into contact with those bodily fluids listed above.
All of the above facts are taken from an excellent leaflet by National Aids Trust that you can read and download below