The 1st December is World AIDS Day. In the last few decades there has been great progress in the treatment of HIV (the virus that can lead to AIDS), to the point now where if someone gets tested and starts treatment early their life expectancy is similar to a person without the virus.
Of the people that are HIV positive almost a third of heterosexual (‘straight’) men and women may be completely unaware they have it, sparking calls for more people to get tested in Warwickshire.
There are now around 110,000 people living with HIV in the UK – three times as many as there were 10 years ago. HIV affects all ages, ethnicities and genders. Communities where the virus is increasing quickly include young gay men (15 to 24), where HIV has doubled in the last ten years.