Ethnic diversity and patterns of infection of a UK HIV-positive patient population outwith major conurbations

Aiken, A. R. A.; Lever, A. M. L.
December 2010
International Journal of STD & AIDS;Dec2010, Vol. 21 Issue 12, p823
Academic Journal
We surveyed the HIV-positive population attending a major teaching hospital sited out with a major conurbation. Eighty-five percent of homosexually acquired infections were contracted within the UK and 91% of heterosexually acquired infections were contracted outside of the UK. A strikingly wide range of nationalities (45) and countries of origin of infection were represented within a relatively small patient population. Most patients were non-UK-born immigrants. A high proportion of illegal immigrants were identified within which there was a high proportion lost to follow-up. This degree of ethnic diversity and domiciliary instability is rarely a feature of non-HIV populations in this setting and imposes additional demands on delivery of care and health-care planning.


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