Published: 05/12/2002, Volume112 No. 5834 Page 8

The UK will see a 25 per cent increase in new HIV diagnoses by the end of the year with a 'significant rise' among heterosexuals who contracted the disease in sub-Saharan Africa, the Public Health Laboratory Service has predicted. Figures released by PHLS last week reveal that by the end of September, 2,945 new cases had been reported for 2002, an increase from 2,354 for the same period last year.Dr Kevin Fenton, head of the PHLS HIV division, estimates that three in every 100 gay men visiting a genito-urinary clinic in London will acquire HIV within a year.

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