Men who have sex with men (MSM) is a term used to describe gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men. It is estimated that 1 in 20 MSM in the UK has HIV, increasing to 1 in 11 in London (1 in 28 outside of London).
How many men who have sex with men in the UK are living with HIV?
In 2014, an estimated 45,000 MSM with men were living with HIV in the UK, of whom 6,500 (14%) were unaware of their infection.
How many men who have sex with men who live in the UK are newly diagnosed with HIV each year?
In 2014, 3,360 men who have sex with men were newly diagnosed with HIV, which is the highest number of new HIV diagnoses ever reported among this population. Overall, men who have sex with men accounted for over half of new diagnoses (54%).
How has this been changing over time?
Significant numbers of men who have sex with men are being diagnosed with HIV each year in the UK. In the last decade the number newly diagnosed has increased from 2,423 in 2004 to 3,360 in 2014. Increased number of diagnoses amongst this group reflects both on-going high levels of HIV transmission and an increase in HIV Testing. There is no indication that HIV incidence among MSM is decreasing. - See more at: http://www.nat.org.uk/HIV-in-the-UK/HIV-Statistics/Latest-UK-statistics/Men-who-have-sex-with-men.aspx#sthash.bEVykZu7.dpuf
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The importance of condom distribution within Milton Keynes
Most HIV transmission is through sexual intercourse and the use of condoms is a key aspect of HIV prevention. STaSS are committed to reducing HIV transmission within Milton Keynes and distributes free condoms and lubrication, via a number of partnership vendors who are equally committed to this cause. We know the cost of condoms can prevent people from using them and we hope that by making them more easily accessible to high risk groups, we will help reduce HIV transmission.
Free condoms can be accessed from our office in Kingston, Milton Keynes and from a number of vendors in Bletchley, Netherfield, Wolverton and Broughton. If you would like further information please contact our office on 01908 282185.