=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === England is on track to have completely eliminated the transmission of HIV by 2030, a promising new study has revealed.
The annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in England fell from 2,770 in 2013 to 854 in 2018, according to the new research.
Experts from the University of Cambridge credit the scaling up of testing and earlier treatment strategies from 2011 for this huge reduction.
Their models predict that if the reduction of transmission continues at this rate, an elimination of the transmission of the virus is well within reach by 2030.
Valerie Delpech, Head of National HIV Surveillance at Public Health England, said: ‘We have made good progress towards ending HIV transmission by 2030 in England.
‘Frequent HIV testing and the use of PrEP amongst people most at risk of HIV, together with prompt treatment among those diagnosed, are key to ending HIV transmission by 2030.’
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and disease.
The virus has been passed on between humans for many decades, but was only identified in the early 80s.