As the public health lead for the city, Plymouth City Council wants to increase awareness of HIV, how it can be prevented and treated, and to make it as easy as possible for you to find the information you need to help you stay safe.

Facts about HIV

  • There are an estimated 107,800 people in the UK living with HIV and it is estimated that one in four are unaware they have the condition.
  • 42 per cent of people diagnosed with HIV in 2013 had a late diagnosis.
  • People diagnosed aged 50 years or above were more likely to be diagnosed late than those diagnosed aged under 50 years (58 per cent compared to 39 per cent).
  • Early screening, diagnosis and treatment give you a much better life expectancy.
  • 1 in 10 new infections come from people recently infected.
  • Each new case of HIV costs the NHS £280,000 to £360,000 in a lifetime, or more for a late diagnosis.
  • With the transformation of HIV from a fatal to chronic life-long infection due to effective antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s, the number of people living with diagnosed HIV has increased year on year, with a decline in AIDS related deaths
  • One in five newly diagnosed heterosexual people was aged 50 years or above in 2013 compared to one in 14 in 2004.
  • One in 665 people in the UK have HIV.

Reducing your risk of getting HIV

You can significantly reduce their risk of getting HIV by:

  • Get screened regularly particularly whenever you have a new sexual partner
  • Always using a condom correctly and consistently when having sex, until all partners have had a sexual health screen

Early testing increases life expectancy

Also, if you are diagnosed, the earlier this happens the better as early testing, diagnosis and treatment mean you can have an increased life expectancy.