In 2010, there were 6,136 new diagnoses of HIV, contributing to a cumulative total of 114,766 cases reported by the end of December 2010.
Besides the ongoing increase in HIV cases in the UK, there are serious challenges that have a significant impact on individual patients as well as the health of the nation;
- A reduction in public awareness about HIV prevention and transmission.
- Ongoing stigma and discrimination (socially, institutionally and in mainstream press) of people living with HIV.
- Loss of vital specialised voluntary sector services due to government budget reductions.
- GPs are to take on a greater role in the commissioning and provision of care but may lack specialist training or experience in HIV.
- Vulnerable groups affected by HIV continue to have worse health outcomes – these include men who have sex with men, and black Africans.