For all the concern about HIV/AIDS, it is not one of the very big killers. In 2013 it was estimated that slightly more than 100,000 people in the UK have HIV. However, the number of deaths of people with HIV in 2013 was 530 (400 men, 130 women). However, only 210 (40%) of these were deaths of people under 60 years old – and the death of a person with HIV is not the same as dying of HIV/AIDS. The mortality of a person with HIV in the UK (and hence benefiting from UK medical treatment) is only 2.4 times that of the bulk population. Consequently, only about 300 of the 530 people died of HIV/AIDS, of whom perhaps 120 or so were under 60 years old.


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