Cases of Aids on the decline
FEWER people are being diagnosed with Aids across the West Midlands.
Latest Health Protection Agency (HPA) figures show 440 people were diagnosed with HIV in the region, which includes Staffordshire, in 2011.
That compares with 445 cases in 2010 and 472 the previous year.
It brings the total number being treated for the virus in the region to 4,857.
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Health experts say the largest exposure group involves heterosexual contact with the condition mainly acquired abroad.
Professor Harsh Duggal, from the HPA in the West Midlands, said: "These figures are a reminder of how vital safe sex remains, promoting HIV testing and condom use, to tackle the high rates of transmission, late diagnosis and undiagnosed HIV still seen in the UK.
"But with the excellent services and treatments available nowadays, if diagnosed and treated early, someone with HIV can look forward to a normal lifespan."