New HIV infections in Bisexual, Gay Men Drop 71 Percent

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New HIV transmissions in gay and bisexual men in England have dropped by 71 percent in the past six years, according to a report from Public Health England.

The report says that new transmissions in England fell from about 2,800 in 2012 to just 800 in 2018. Public Health England hopes to end HIV transmissions by 2030, according to their press release, but a sexual health charity told Pink News that progress is slowed in some groups.

“In the last decade the rate of diagnoses in gay and bisexual men has reduced by nearly a third but we are not seeing that same level of progress among other groups. For example we’re seeing slight increases among black African people and south Asian gay and bisexual men,” head of policy at Terrance Higgins Trust, Debbie Laycock told Pink News.

Laycock suggests the government should provide access to PrEP, an HIV prevention drug, and boost sexual health funding to end transmissions, Pink News reported.