HIV prevalence and risk behaviour varies between gay men in Southern and Eastern Europe

Published: December 17, 2009

HIV prevalence and risk behaviour varies between gay men in Southern and Eastern Europe

HIV prevalence is higher amongst gay men in Southern Europe than amongst gay men in Eastern Europe, according to an international study published in the December 3rd edition of Eurosurveillance.

Almost 17% of gay men in Barcelona were HIV-positive, according to the results of the study, compared to a prevalence of 3% in Prague.

However, the investigators also found high levels of risky sexual behaviour amongst gay men in Eastern Europe and low frequency of HIV testing. “The potential for further HIV transmission in Eastern European cities is evident”, they comment.

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