UK highest rate of new infections at over 5,000 cases
Figures from the Health Protection Agency show 5,338 people were diagnosed with HIV last year compared to 4,965 in 2001.
There has been a significant increase in the number of heterosexuals being infected abroad – especially in Africa. More than 41,000 people living in the UK are now believed to be HIV positive. One in three of these do not know they have the virus.