Gay men remain focus of European HIV epidemic

Published: December 1, 2009

Gay men continue to be the focus of the HIV epidemic in Europe, a series of articles published in Eurosurveillance Weekly show.

Research from a number of countries demonstrates that there are large numbers of new HIV infections amongst gay men. Moreover, large numbers of gay men are being diagnosed late.

“Over twenty-five years into the epidemic, patterns in Europe have not changed and men who have sex with men remain the group most affected” by HIV, comment the authors of an editorial accompanying the studies.

“High-risk behaviour is increasing across Europe, HIV transmission is ongoing, increased levels of co-infections are observed and outbreaks of sexually transmitted infections continue amongst men who have sex with men,” add the authors of the editorial.

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