Drop in new HIV diagnoses in 2009

Published: March 27, 2010

Drop in new HIV diagnoses in 2009

While there was a drop in the number of HIV diagnoses in 2009, it is too soon to say if there is a downward trend according to the data compilers.

In the 65th issue of its report AIDS in New Zealand, Otago University’s AIDS Epidemiology Group says 151 people were diagnosed with HIV through antibody testing in New Zealand last year. That’s a drop from the 184 new cases reported in 2008.

Of the new cases, 73 were men infected through sex with men (MSM), down from the record 98 cases in 2008 but similar to 2007 and 2006 figures.

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