The latest data from PHE suggests that as a result of treatment, 87% of all people living with HIV in Britain had an undetectable viral load.
Almost 160,000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Europe in 2017, the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe said in a news release Wednesday, calling the latest figures "alarming".
Nearly 160,000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Europe a year ago, with three-quarters of the new cases arising in Ukraine and Russian Federation, two European health agencies said on November 28.
"Once diagnosed, individuals are less likely to pass on their infection due to treatment and changing their behaviour, so it is essential for both the person with HIV and anyone with whom they may have sex, that the condition is diagnosed early". A lot of progress has been made, but there is still much more we must do.
"The significance in this report is that we can see a sharp difference between Eastern Europe and the European Union where the number of HIV infection numbers is dropping". "The messages reflect, therefore, this reality, with more prevention tools at our disposal, "says Manuel Grilo, considering that" for full access to information and treatments", it will be necessary to" reduce barriers, inequality and stigma ".
"We are quite far behind achieving those targets, particularly in Eastern Europe and Central Asia", said Dr. Masoud Dara, coordinator of communicable diseases and HIV team leader at WHO Europe. This is the largest number of HIV diagnoses, which was ever pronounced in the Region. It is important not to delay if you have put yourself at risk.
"It's hard to talk about good news in the face of another year of unacceptably high numbers of people infected with HIV", said Zsuzsanna Jakab, director of the World Health Organization regional office.
He added: "With an estimated 8,000 people still unaware of their infection, it is vital that people seek out an HIV test if they consider themselves at risk, or accept the offer of a HIV test by a healthcare professional, as early diagnosis is key to stopping transmission".
Improvement is still needed, with 8% (8,200) of the estimated 102,000 people in the United Kingdom living with HIV unaware of their infection.
The overall decline in the EU/EEA resulted primarily from a 20% drop in new diagnoses among men who have sex with men between 2015 and 2017, which remains the predominant mode of HIV transmission (38% in 2017) in this part of Europe.