New figures show that HIV cases have dropped by 15% in Wales since 2018.

The data saw a decrease from 145 new cases in Wales in 2018 to 123 in 2019.

In 2019, the annual diagnoses for men was 86 compared to 117 in 2018.

However for women, annual new cases have risen from 28 in 2018 to 37 in 2019.

The new data also shows that late diagnosis of HIV stands at 59% in Wales compared to 42% for the rest of the UK.

The late diagnoses are likely due to a combination of non-testing by people who've taken risks but are reluctant to take a test due to stigma, failure by clinicians to diagnose symptoms and the lack of understanding of HIV risk, according to Fast Track Cardiff & Vale.

"We in Wales should be proud of our progress - but the fight is not over", said Stephen Doughty, MP for Cardiff South and Penarth and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV/AIDS.

"I was very proud that in September of this year Cardiff officially became a Fast Track City - a scheme aimed at ending HIV transmissions by 2030 - an initiative myself and Health Minister Vaughan Gething have supported since it’s early days.

"World AIDS Day gives us an opportunity to renew our fight and ensure that we don’t forget about the 38 million people who are still living with HIV, and the 32.7 million who have died of HIV/AIDS since 1981".

Earlier this year it was announced that the anti-HIV drug, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), would become routinely available on the NHS in Wales.

Following a successful 3 year trial, the drug was given the greenlight following zero transmissions amongst those taking the drug.

Lisa Power, Development Officer for Fast Track Cardiff & Vale, welcomed the news but is still worried about late diagnoses in Wales.

"We’re delighted that the numbers of gay men diagnosed with HIV in Wales are starting to go down. Once you’re diagnosed and treated, you can’t pass HIV on and if you don’t have HIV, there is now a pill - PrEP - to stop you getting it", Lisa told WalesOnline.

"But we are still seeing far too many people diagnosed late in Wales, when they are already ill, and the numbers of women being diagnosed, though small, are rising.

"So our advice to everyone is - if you’re sexually active, get tested and if you need it, get treated. Learn how to protect yourself and others. That way, we’ll reach our national target of no new HIV diagnoses by 2030."