More than 1,000 people in South Yorkshire received treatment for HIV last year

A total of 636 people in Sheffield, 212 in Doncaster, 199 in Barnsley and 168 in Rotherham accessed such services in 2015, according to official Government statistics.

Experts have warned that in the north of England, the 916 people who were newly diagnosed last year had late-stage HIV - higher than the UK average of 39 per cent. There are more people than ever being seen for HIV care in the North of England - 14,504, compared to 13,804 in 2014. The figures have been highlighted ahead of National HIV Testing Week, a campaign by HIV Prevention England, which is funded by Public Health England and coordinated by Terrence Higgins Trust.

Robert McKay, regional manager at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “These statistics show that National HIV Testing Week is needed more than ever in our region. The HIV epidemic hasn’t gone away; there are still alarming and unacceptable rates of late diagnoses. “We already have a powerful tool that could help stop the epidemic in its tracks: the HIV test. People who know their status can get onto effective treatment, which stops the virus from being passed on. “But too many people are missing out on HIV tests – perhaps due to fear of the result, or the assumption that they’re not at risk.

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