Sharp increase in people living with HIV in Corby

Northants County Council became responsible for sexual health diagnosis and prevention last month

Northants County Council became responsible for sexual health diagnosis and prevention last month

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Figures released by a charity reveal that Corby has the 26th highest incidence of people living with HIV in the country.

The National Aids Trust is calling for Northamptonshire County Council to prioritise sexual health now it has been handed the budget for public health spending.

Commenting on the figures, the charity’s chief executive, Deborah Jack, said: “From last month Northamptonshire County Council became responsible for sexual health diagnosis and prevention. It has been allocated £35,135,000 by the Government to spend on public health over the next year but within that budget there will be no ring-fencing for HIV.”

One in 388 people in Corby is living with HIV. This has risen sharply since 2002 when the figure stood at one in 2,667. UK-wide the figure is one in 650. Forty-two per cent of people with HIV live in London and five per cent, or 3,400 people, live in the East Midlands.