Alarming figures show HIV is soaring in Scotland as outbreak among Glasgow drug users shows no sign of slowing

Alarming figures show HIV is soaring in Scotland as outbreak among Glasgow drug users \shows no sign of slowing\

Alarming figures show HIV is soaring in Scotland as outbreak among Glasgow drug users shows no sign of s

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The number of new cases leapt up by 16 per cent between 2016 and last year but dropped by 17 per cent across Britain as a whole

HIV diagnoses soar in Scotland | Scotland

ALARMING stats show HIV diagnoses are soaring in Scotland – in stark contrast to falling figures south of the border.

The number of new cases leapt up by 16 per cent between 2016 and last year but dropped by 17 per cent across Britain as a whole.

The worst outbreak for decades among injecting drug users in Glasgow is being blamed for the shocking increase.

The figures emerged as charity chiefs claimed efforts to tackle the crisis by opening a medically supervised heroin clinic in the city have been snubbed by the Home Office.

Yusef Azad, of the National Aids Trust, said: In Glasgow the outbreak that was first detected amongst people who inject drugs in 2015 is showing no signs of slowing.

We are advocating for the opening of a drug consumption room as all evidence points to their effectiveness in reducing needle sharing and drug-related deaths – but this has been blocked by Westminster.

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The number of newly diagnosed cases rose by 16 per cent north of the border between 2016 and last year while falling by 17 per cent across Britain as a whole. The worst outbreak for decades among injecting drug users in Glasgow was blamed for the disparity.

The public health minister and specialist charities have claimed that efforts to stem the crisis by opening Britains first medically supervised heroin injection clinic in the city have been blocked by the Home Office.

Health Protection Scotland figures show that the number of newly diagnosed HIV infections rose from 197 in 2016 to 228 last year. The equivalent Public Health England figures…

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