HIV in Scotland: update to 31 December 2019

Publication Date: 23 June 2020

The latest HIV surveillance report provides a summary of HIV infection in Scotland to the end of December 2019. This annual report describes the data on: HIV diagnoses, attendance and uptake of HIV specialist treatment and care, and uptake of HIV PrEP to the 31 December 2019.

  • At the end of December 2019, there were 326 reports of HIV diagnoses in Scotland. Of these, 167 were first ever HIV diagnoses and 158 had been previously diagnosed outwith Scotland, but were newly reported in Scotland during 2019. 
  • It is estimated that there are 6,122 individuals living with HIV in Scotland and of these 92% have been diagnosed. A total of 5,074 are attending specialist HIV treatment and care services - of these, 98% are receiving antiretroviral therapy with 95% achieving an undetectable viral load. 
  • HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an effective, novel, prophylactic biomedical intervention comprising of two HIV antiretroviral drugs. It is prescribed to HIV negative people who are at the highest risk of sexual acquisition of HIV as part of a comprehensive approach to HIV prevention. This report presents data on the uptake of HIV PrEP from 1 July to 31 December 2019.

Resource information

Public Health Scotland
Publication type:
Surveillance Report


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