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July 23, 2010

UK: one in six gay men testing HIV-positive were infected recently "The first data from new systems of detecting recent HIV infection in the UK have shown that among those diagnosed, one in six gay men were infected in the past few months, whereas only one in 16 heterosexuals were. Sam Lattimore of the Health Protection Agency presented the results to the Eighteenth International AIDS Conference today.

"A Recent Infection Testing Algorithm (RITA, sometimes also known as Serological Testing Algorithm for Recent HIV Seroconversion, or STARHS) works by looking for specific antibody markers, which give different results in the months immediately following infection. If a test gives a result below a pre-determined cut-off point, it is deemed to be a recent infection (approximately the last six months)."