HIV cases set to rise by 65 per cent

PUBLISHED: 16:35 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 25 August 2010

HIV cases are predicted to increase by 65 per cent in the borough.

HIV cases are predicted to increase by 65 per cent in the borough.

From 2004 to 2008, 257 people were known to live with HIV in Bexley, but by next year the number is expected to be 400.

Whilst there has been improvement, the borough is among the worst for late diagnosis.

In a report to Bexley council's sexual health services sub-committee last Tuesday, health consultants wrote: "From a virus largely affecting gay men, the profile of those diagnosed has changed with around three quarters being African and two thirds being women. This trend is predicted to continue.

"There is considerable concern among stake holders, reflected in issues raised by African women living with HIV, that social care services have not kept pace with this change."

They added that HIV cases were concentrated in the most deprived areas of Bexley.

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