HC Deb 01 November 1988 vol 139 c592W
73. Sir David Price

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how far HIV infection has spread from the identified high risk groups to the general low risk population; and what conclusions he has drawn as to the precise targeting of the Government's publicity campaign about the risks of AIDS.

Mr. Mellor

There has been a slow increase in the proportion of persons known to be HIV antibody positive who are reported to have acquired the infection heterosexually; this now stands at about 5 per cent. of the total. There is also some evidence of a change of behaviour among homosexuals, one of the identified high-risk groups. The targeting of the national publicity campaign seeks to take into account these factors and particularly to ensure that public awareness of the need to contain the spread of HIV infection is maintained at a high level.