Just under half the people in the UK living with HIV are in London. The latest data from Public Health England shows that of the 68,664 people who were diagnosed as HIV positive, 31,393 were living in the capital.
The prevelence of HIV in the population of England is 2.14 people per 1000. In London it is 5.7. A borough-level breakdown of the numbers for 2013 shows that Lambeth and Southwark have the highest rates by some margin. There are 3,342 people in Lambeth being treated and 2,692 in Southwark.
The proportion for the City represents just 57 patients. The only boroughs where patient rates are below the England average are Havering and Kingston.
The data is based on the number of people aged 15-59 living with a diagnosed HIV infection who are resident in a local authority area and who were seen for HIV care at an NHS site.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It weakens a person’s immune system, damaging the ability to fight off diseases. The virus was first diagnosed in 1982. It is treated with drugs that stop the virus reproducing but do not cure the infection. Patients with HIV need continuing treatment, which is now so effective that those diagnosed are seeing normal life expectancy.
For more information on living with HIV see Terrence Higgins Trust