Thou­sands in west London have HIV

Lat­est fig­ures show bor­oughs have some of the high­est rates of cases in the coun­try

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - By Goolis­tan Cooper and An­nie Gouk

MORE than 6,000 adults in west London are getting treat­ment and care for HIV – with some bor­oughs hav­ing high­est rates of peo­ple with the virus in the coun­try.

Lat­est fig­ures from Pub­lic Health Eng­land re­veal 6,637 west Lon­don­ers aged 15-59 are ac­cess­ing HIV-related care.

In Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea, 935 peo­ple are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment, mean­ing around nine in ev­ery 1,000 peo­ple in the bor­ough have been di­ag­nosed with the virus – the fourth high­est rate in Eng­land.

West­min­ster comes just be­hind, again with close to nine peo­ple in ev­ery 1,000 suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease, while eight peo­ple in ev­ery 1,000 in Ham­mer­smith and

Ful­ham have HIV. Other ar­eas in West London see far fewer cases – Har­row has a rate of closer to three peo­ple re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for HIV in ev­ery 1,000.

In com­par­i­son, the London bor­ough of Lam­beth has the high­est rate of HIV out of any­where in the coun­try, with closer to 15 cases per 1,000 of the pop­u­la­tion.

Rich­mond­shire, in York­shire, and the Hum­ber has the low­est, with only 10 peo­ple ac­cess­ing HIV related care - or less than one per­son in

ev­ery 1,000. Across Eng­land, more than 80,000 peo­ple were seen for HIV related care last year.

The num­ber of peo­ple be­ing treated for the virus has gone up mas­sively over the last 10 years – in 2006, fewer than 48,000 peo­ple were re­ceiv­ing HIV treat­ment.

How­ever, the num­ber of new peo­ple be­ing di­ag­nosed each year has been steadily go­ing down – 6,095 peo­ple were di­ag­nosed with HIV in 2015, compared to 7,429 in 2006.

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