Most affected by HIV

Anybody can become infected with HIV, but some groups in the UK have a higher proportion of people living with HIV than others.

The groups most affected by HIV in the UK are:

  • Gay and bisexual men – 43% of people living with HIV in the UK are men who have sex with men
  • Black African women and men – Black African people make up 1.8% of the UK population but 29% of all people living with HIV.
  • Black Caribbean men and women – Only 1% of the UK population are black Caribbean but this group represents 2.5% of people living with HIV.
  • Prisoners – Prisoners are disproportionately affected by both HIV and hepatitis B and C.
  • Injecting drug users – Less than 2% of people living with HIV in the UK are injecting drug users (IDUs).

Find out more statistical information for these groups