HIV Infection: Females

Department of Health written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of women patients were diagnosed with HIV in each of the last four years.

Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the transmission of the HIV virus to women.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

New diagnoses of HIV in women are declining in the United Kingdom. The Department funds HIV Prevention England which is a national HIV prevention programme which aims to increase HIV testing and reduce late diagnosis amongst the groups at highest risk of acquiring HIV, including black African women.

The following table provides the number of new HIV diagnoses in females in the UK by gender between 2010 and 2013.

New HIV diagnoses in females by year of diagnosis and gender: UK, 2010 – 2013

Gender

2010

2011

2012

2013

Female

2,023 (32%)

1,774 (29%)

1,740 (28%)

1,522 (25%)

Total

6,333 (100%)

6,173 (100%)

6,245 (100%)

6,000 (100%)

Notes:

1. Data are sourced from laboratories, genito-urinary medicine clinics and other health care settings.

2. Numbers may change as further reports are received, particularly for recent years.

3. Totals include HIV diagnoses of individuals with sex not reported

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