Findings in a recent report released by leading sexual charity have raised concerns over the occurrence of HIV in Wales. It has been warned that one out of five people suffering from the condition are unaware of it.
The Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity, said, “They were concerned people had become ‘complacent’ about the virus and highlighted the importance of being tested”.
Reports suggest that at present approximately 1,600 people are surviving with the condition in Wales. Moreover, it has been discovered that between the years 2001 and 2010, there has been a sharp increase in the people availing care for HIV by 150%.
The worse is that 19% out of the 1,600 people are not aware that they are suffering from HIV. Nevertheless, it has been estimated that any new cases of people with HIV, may put NHS of Wales into worries, as the diagnoses alone will cost them £56m.
Steve Jones, National Director of Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru asserted that he thought there might be no more cases of HIV and people might not be suffering any more. He notified that their work is not yet over; they have to make more efforts, with people becoming more complacent.
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