Sexually transmitted infections in black African and black Caribbean communities in the UK

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Saturday 1st November 2008

Black African and black Caribbean communities in the UK are disproportionately affected by STIs.

Black African and black Caribbean communities in the UK are disproportionately affected by STIs. Two-fifths of all new HIV diagnoses in the UK are among black Africans, while black Caribbeans are disproportionately affected by bacterial STIs, especially gonorrhoea.

In 2007 of all new HIV diagnoses where ethnicity was reported, 2,691 were among black Africans and 189 were among black Caribbeans. Of the HIV diagnoses in 2007, the majority of black Africans (94%) and black Caribbeans (70%) reported heterosexual contact as their probable route of infection. Black Africans accounted for 69% of all new diagnoses among heterosexuals (Figure 1), of whom two-thirds were women. Among black African heterosexuals, the majority (88%) were reported as most likely having been infected in Africa. By comparison, among newly diagnosed black Caribbean heterosexuals, the majority (55%) had most likely acquired their infection in the UK, with an additional 26% in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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