Need to Improve Prevention and Testing to Combat Undiagnosed HIV Among Africans and Caribbeans

Need to Improve Prevention and Testing to Combat Undiagnosed HIV Among Africans and Caribbeans

Publication date

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New statistics released today from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show that 42 per cent of all Africans diagnosed with HIV in the UK are diagnosed late.

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT, comments:

“The alarming proportion of late HIV diagnoses amongst Africans in the UK results in increased illness and death as well as increasing the risk of onward transmission.  We need to expand HIV testing urgently outside sexual health clinics - GPs in particular need to start testing for HIV and become better at recognising the signs and symptoms of HIV infection.”

Charity urges better availability of early treatment to prevent spread of HIV.

Charity urges better availability of early treatment to prevent spread of HIV.

Publication date

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is calling on the NHS to allow people with HIV to start treatment early in order to protect their sexual partners after two leading HIV clinical bodies - the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS (EAGA) – authoritatively set out the scientific basis for HIV treatment as prevention.

NAT responds to London Council's announcement about pan-London HIV prevention.

NAT responds to London Council's announcement about pan-London HIV prevention.

Publication date

Friday, November 15, 2013
NAT (National AIDS Trust) welcomes the news that London Councils will continue to deliver a range of pan-London HIV prevention programmes next year, but urges individual councils to supplement these efforts with their own investment in prevention services.

HIV drug you take just before sex to prevent transmission - NAT comment.

HIV drug you take just before sex to prevent transmission - NAT comment.

Publication date

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The French PrEP trial ANRS IPERGAY announced today that trial participants on the placebo arm of its study should be immediately offered PrEP because they had found 'a very significant reduction in the risk of HIV infection in the on demand PrEP group'.  This comes two weeks after the announcement by the PROUD trial in the UK that participants in the 'deferred PrEP arm' would be immediately offered PrEP because of the significant protective effect for those taking it.

NAT opposes 50% cut to national HIV prevention funding for England.

NAT opposes 50% cut to national HIV prevention funding for England.

Publication date

Monday, December 15, 2014
The Government has announced that there will be devastating cuts to funding for the national HIV prevention programme in England.  Funding will be halved for the year commencing April 2015 and there is as yet no commitment to fund further years of the programme.

Comment on new HIV statistics: The Government must invest in prevention.

Comment on new HIV statistics: The Government must invest in prevention.

Publication date

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Deborah Gold, chief executive, National AIDS Trust, said: “Today’s announcement by Public Health England that 103,700 people are now living with HIV in the UK is yet more proof that HIV is a growing issue. This includes 6,000 people were diagnosed last year, as well as 17% (18,100) of people who have HIV but don’t know it yet. They may not find out until they have already shortened their lifespan and are left with life-long ill health.