England is on track to completely ELIMINATE the transmission of HIV by 2030, research suggests


  • Scientists use a model to predict when HIV transmission will end
  • The annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in England fell from 2,770 in 2013 to 854 in 2018.
  • Models predict that eradication of virus transmission is within reach by 2030 if transmission continues to decrease at this rate.

England is on track to completely eliminate the transmission of HIV by 2030, a promising new study has revealed.

According to new research, the annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in England fell from 2,770 in 2013 to 854 in 2018.

Experts at the University of Cambridge attribute this massive shortage to increased testing since 2011 and earlier treatment strategies.

Their models predict that if transmission continues to decrease at this rate, eradication of virus transmission is within reach by 2030.

Valerie Delpech, Head of National HIV Surveillance at Public Health England, said: ‘We have made good progress towards ending HIV transmission in England by 2030.

‘Frequent HIV testing and the use of PrEP in people at risk for HIV, along with prompt treatment among those diagnosed, is the key to ending HIV transmission by 2030.’

According to new research, the annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in England fell from 2,770 in 2013 to 854 in 2018.

According to new research, the annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in England fell from 2,770 in 2013 to 854 in 2018.

According to new research, the annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in England fell from 2,770 in 2013 to 854 in 2018.

What is preparation? HIV prevention drug that prevents 90 percent of transmission

This medication is specifically a fixed-dose combination of two anti-retroviral drugs, Tenofovir and FTC, in one pill.

They work together to interfere with an enzyme that HIV uses to infect new cells, slowing the virus’s attack or stopping it altogether.

This medicine is designed for people who have not yet been exposed to the virus to protect themselves against it.

Alternatively, people who have been exposed can take PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), which is a one-month course of medications started within 72 hours of exposure.

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HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight off everyday infections and disease.

The virus has passed through humans for several decades, but it was only identified in the early 80s.

While HIV currently cannot be cured, effective treatment can stop the virus from reproducing in your body, and reduce the amount of virus in the blood, meaning you cannot pass on HIV. can.

In the study, researchers from the University of Cambridge used a novel statistical model using knowledge on HIV progression, along with data on HIV and AIDS diagnosis collected regularly through the National Reporting System in England.

The team used this data to extract projected trends in new infections to understand how likely they are to reach the United Nations goal – projected to be less than one newly acquired infection per 10,000 MSM by 2030.

Their analysis shows that the peak in the number of new HIV infections in MSM in England likely occurred between 2012 and 2013.

This was followed by a sharp decrease from 2,770 new infections in 2013 to 1,740 in 2015, further decreasing to 854 in 2016.

While the decline was observed across all age groups, it was particularly marked in MSM aged 25–34 years, and was slowest in the 45+ age group.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight off everyday infections and disease (artist's impression)

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight off everyday infections and disease (artist’s impression)

Importantly, this reduction began before the widespread roll-out of PrEP in 2016.

Professor Daniela de Angelis, senior author of the study, explained: ‘With the rollout of PrEP, England looks on course to meet the goal of zero transmissions by 2030.

‘Our study also demonstrates the value of routine assessment of HIV incidence in order to recognize changes in the current declining trend and to respond appropriately.

‘The challenge now is to achieve these reductions in all groups at risk of HIV acquisition.’

Research has shown that there was a decrease in both HIV and STI testing in the UK in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic (March – May 2020).

Ms Delpech said: ‘HIV and STI tests are still available through sexual health clinics during the COVID pandemic.

‘Many clinics offer online testing throughout the year – people can order tests on clinic websites, take them in the privacy of their own home, return mail and results via text, phone call or post Can get it.’

This research is funded by the UK Medical Research Council, the UK National Institutes of Health Research Health Protection Unit in Behavioral Science and Evaluation, and Public Health England.

Why don’t modern meds mean HIV is a death sentence?

Before 1996, HIV was a death sentence. Then, ART (anti-retroviral therapy) was created to suppress the virus, and it means a person can live as long as someone else, even if they have HIV.

Medicines were also invented to reduce an HIV-negative person’s risk of contracting the virus by 99%.

In recent years, research has shown that ART can suppress HIV to such an extent that it renders the virus non-infectious to sexual partners.

This has inspired a movement to reduce the crime of contracting a person with HIV: it leaves the victim on lifelong, expensive medication, but it does not mean certain death.

Here’s more about the new life-saving and preventative drugs:

1. Medicines for HIV Positive People

It suppresses their viral load so the virus is non-communicable.

In 1996, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) was discovered.

The drug, a triple combination, turns HIV from a fatal diagnosis into a manageable chronic condition.

It suppresses the virus, preventing it from developing into AIDS…

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