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More people than ever have HIV

PUBLISHED: 02:33 30 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

MORE people are living with HIV in the UK than at any time in the past, according to a new report.

The latest WHO report was revealed at a private one-day consultation at Lambeth Palace about HIV and Aids in Africa, and closer to home, the Evening Star can reveal that 23 people with HIV were treated in Suffolk hospitals.

MORE people are living with HIV in the UK than at any time in the past, according to a new report.

The latest WHO report was revealed at a private one-day consultation at Lambeth Palace about HIV and Aids in Africa, and closer to home, the Evening Star can reveal that 23 people with HIV were treated in Suffolk hospitals.

The Aids Control Act Report 2001-02 – an annual report summarising the year's work to date – was discussed at Suffolk Health's board meeting in Ipswich yesterday.

The health authority's HIV prevention co-ordinator, Christopher Gill, warned: "In another year that has seen another increase in the number of new infections recorded in this country, there is no room for complacency in HIV prevention.

"We must continue to find new and suitable methods to prevent new infections."

The cost of providing treatment and care for AIDS and HIV sufferers at Ipswich Hospital, was £422,017.

The six patients with HIV who stayed in Ipswich Hospital this year, did so for an average 13 days.

Mr Gill praised colleagues for their work during the year, told how gay and AIDS telephone helplines were being developed, and said there were hopes for a women's group, a married men's group and one for transsexuals.

He said there was difficulty with some aspects of social care, particularly when social services take too long to refer people, which affects the client's contact with Suffolk Community HIV Service. He added that clients in rural areas found it difficult to attend support groups and workshops.

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