42% rise in Irish HIV diagnoses among gay and bi men

Published: June 15, 2010

The number of men who have sex with men being diagnosed with HIV in the last year in Ireland rose by 42 per cent, a report has said.

According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, 97 diagnoses were made in 2008, rising to 138 in 2009. Most of the men (63 per cent) were born in Ireland and are thought to have picked up the infection in the country. The median age for infection was 35.6 years, and men under the age of 30 accounted for 35 per cent of diagnoses.

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