Britain: New HIV Cases Have Dropped 71% Since 2012

The BBC reports:

The number of people diagnosed with HIV in the UK has dropped substantially since 2012, according to figures released by Public Health England. Gay and bisexual men have experienced the most dramatic decline in new infections, with rates falling by 71%.

It has been attributed to a rise in the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Campaigners are urging the government to make PrEP, which is almost 100% effective at preventing transmission, more widely available.

Of the estimated 103,800 people living with HIV in the UK in 2018, 93% have been diagnosed with the virus. Of these, 97% are receiving treatment. And of these, 97% are, as a result, undetectable, meaning they cannot transmit the virus.