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News | HIV Figures

Shocking Rise in HIV Cases Figures released recently by Ireland’s Health Service Executive show that HIV diagnosis rates, amongst gay and bisexual men in this country, have increased by 160% between 2005 and 2012. The group now represent just under half (48%) of all new HIV diagnoses. Figures released by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre show that there were 166 newly diagnosed cases of HIV for gay and bisexual men in 2012 in Ireland. These figures are the highest diagnosis rates

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recorded to date.

to 32 years of age in 2012.

Tiernan Brady, Director of Gay HIV Strategies (GHS) with GLEN, said that it is clear that HIV is still “a critical issue” for gay and bisexual men, showing that they are the group most likely to acquire the virus in Ireland. Brady also called for “targeted prevention measures” to reverse this worrying trend.

Brady continued: “Between 2005 and 2012 there has been a fourfold increase in the number of new diagnoses among those aged between 25-34 years. There is a critical need to educate young gay and bisexual men about good sexual health and about HIV and how they can protect themselves from contracting the condition. HIV is a preventable condition and our goal must be zero new infections.”

The figures also show that the age group most at risk of HIV is getting younger. The average age of MSM HIV diagnosis has fallen

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