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HIV incidence (newly acquired infections) is currently monitored through unlinked anonymous testing of men who have sex with men across a network of 15 sentinel genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Data are analysed for London and outside London. There have been no statistically significant trends since 1996 in the incidence of HIV among men who have sex with men as measured through this sentinel surveillance system. In 2006, incidence of HIV among men who have sex with men was estimated at 2.1 per cent. For London the estimated incidence was 2.6 per cent and outside London it was 1.3 per cent. Men who have sex with men who attend GUM clinics are considered to be a higher risk of HIV than the general population of men who have sex with men and therefore are likely to have a higher incidence of HIV.
|Incidence estimates of first AIDS and of the six major first AIDS-defining illness by year in the United Kingdom per 100 person years of follow-up|
|Year||AIDS||Pneumocystis pneumonia||Candidiasis||Kaposi's sarcoma||Wasting||Mycobacterium tuberculosis||Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma|
|First AIDS diagnoses by country/SHA and year of diagnosis|
|Country and SHA of diagnosis||1990||1995||2000||2005|
When they plan to implement the scheme for home improvement packs for one-bedroom or two-bedroom properties; and what action they are taking to introduce the mandatory requirements to include energy performance certificates in home improvement packs for all domestic properties. [HL214]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): I refer the noble Lord to the Written Ministerial Statement on home information packs given on 22 November (Official Report, WS 124-26).
When they will respond to the recent report from the Commission for Rural Communities, Taking Forward the Recommendations of the Affordable Rural Housing Commission: Final Report, on the subject of affordable housebuilding in rural areas. [HL482]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): We are preparing a formal response to the Affordable Rural Housing Commission's final report. We expect it to be published in the first quarter of the new year.
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