HIV diagnoses

In 2014, 6,151 people in the UK were newly diagnosed with HIV.

 In recent years HIV diagnoses have been relatively stable in number. However, since 2011 new diagnoses have been increasing gradually. There has been a decline in diagnoses amongst heterosexual men and women, largely due trends in migration from high prevalence countries and a reduction of diagnoses among black African Men and Women. Diagnoses among men who have sex with men continue to rise.

Are there differences for men and women?

In 2014, 4,611 men and 1,540 women were newly diagnosed with HIV. 75% of people newly diagnosed with HIV in 2014 were men. The majority (65%) acquired HIV through sex with men, followed by heterosexual sex. Around a quarter of newly diagnosed people in 2014 were women, almost all of whom acquired HIV through heterosexual sex.


How are people in the UK acquiring HIV?

The largest proportion of new diagnoses in 2014 were due to sex between men, followed by heterosexual sex.



What about people of different ethnicities?

The percentage of new HIV diagnoses by ethnicity is given below. 



Are there differences between age groups?

In 2014, 77% of people newly diagnosed with HIV were aged between 25 and 54. There are a growing number of people being diagnosed with HIV later in life. In 2014, around 10% of people newly diagnosed were aged over 55.

What about people in the different parts of the UK?

Each year, the majority of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in the UK occur in England (90% in 2014).  Most of these diagnoses (43%) were in London.

For more information please see PHE's website