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New gay and bi HIV infections rose in 2012

Mon 25 Mar 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

The number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand has risen again, to a likely 87 in 2012. The latest figures from the AIDS Epidemiology Group show 77 men were infected through sex with other men in 2012, including two men who were possibly infected through injecting drug use. For 15 other people who were diagnosed HIV positive in 2012, the means of infection was unknown or information is still to be received. Ten of those are likely to be gay or bi men, bringing the number of gay and bi men likely to have been diagnosed in 2012 to 87. The 2012 figure is an increase from the likely 69 gay and bi men who diagnosed in 2011, but still down from the spike in locally-diagnosed new infections in 2010, when 100 gay and bi men discovered they had HIV. That was the worst year on record since the start of the devastating HIV epidemic and fed fears of a continuance of the slow but steady rise evident since the year 2000. The AIDS Epidemiology Group is based at the University of Otago and is funded by the Ministry of Health.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 25th March 2013 - 1:13pm

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