The impact in the UK of the Central and Eastern European HIV epidemics

Valerie C. Delpech*, Z. Yin, J. Abernethy, C. Hill, L. Logan, T. R. Chadborn, B. D. Rice

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Despite increasing migration, the impact of HIV epidemics from Central and Eastern Europe (C&EE) on the UK HIV epidemic remains small. C&EE-born adults comprised 1.2% of adults newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK between 2000 and 2007. Most C&EE-born women probably acquired their infection heterosexually in C&EE. In contrast, 59% of C&EE-born men reported sex with men, half of whom probably acquired their infection in the UK. Previously undiagnosed HIV prevalence in C&EE-born sexual-health-clinic attendees was low (2007, 0.5%) as was overall HIV prevalence in C&EE-born women giving birth in England (2007, <0.1%). The high proportion of men who have sex with men (MSM) suggests under-reporting of this group in C&EE HIV statistics and/or migration of MSM to the UK. In addition to reducing HIV transmission in injecting drug users, preventative efforts aimed at C&EE-born MSM both within their country of origin and the UK are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1266-1271
Number of pages6
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Central Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • HIV
  • Migration


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