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Grim news from the UK: HIV infection rate hits record high

LONDON -- The number of people living with HIV in the UK reached an estimated 91,500 in 2010, with a quarter of those unaware of their infection, according to Health Protection Agency figures published today.

The data, released by the HPA ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday, also shows the highest ever rate of new infections.

More than 3,000 gay men were diagnosed with HIV last year, as part of 6,660 new infections in the population as a whole.

The 2010 figures mean 100,000 people may be living with the virus in the UK by the end of this year.

The statistics show that one in 20 gay men are now infected with HIV in the UK, with one in 11 in London.

Paul Ward, Deputy Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, called the figures a “serious wake up call for gay men.”

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