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Charity "concerned" by HIV figures

Charity "concerned" by HIV figures

New figures which reveal there has been a sharp rise in the number of HIV cases in Scotland are "a cause for concern", a support group has said.

The official figures show that 145 positive test results were recorded in the three months to the end of September for people who had not previously been diagnosed as HIV positive.

Waverley Care, an HIV support charity, said it was concerned by the rapid increase, adding that the figure was a quarterly record.

However, NHS Health Protection Scotland, which published the figures, said the "unusually high" number was partly due to the delayed reporting of cases diagnosed earlier in the year.

The data reveals that the cumulative total of known HIV-positive people in Scotland is now 5,299, of whom 73% are men.

So far, at least 1,551 of those included in the figures have gone on to die from the disease.

Of the 145 most recently reported results, 67% were men.

During the same quarter, nine cases of Aids were reported by doctors, bringing the cumulative Aids total to 1,342, of whom 900 have died.

Waverley Care

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