HIV situation in Norway as of 31st December 2010

Published: April 13, 2011

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is closely monitoring the HIV situation in Norway using information from the anonymised notifications from doctors to the Norwegian Surveillance System for Communicable Diseases (MSIS).

Even though the HIV figures have decreased in Norway over the last two years from the peak in 2008, this is mainly because there are fewer HIV cases among newly arrived immigrants and not because of a reduced spread of infection among residents of Norway. Among men who have sex with men, the HIV situation is still alarming.

In 2010, there were 258 new HIV cases diagnosed in Norway, 173 men (67 per cent) and 85 women. This is a moderate decrease from 283 diagnosed cases in 2009 (Fig. 1), mainly due to fewer cases being detected among immigrants who were infected before coming to

Among men infected homosexually, HIV figures are persistently high. Among heterosexually-infected people who were resident in Norway when they were infected, HIV figures are the highest number in any year. The prevalence of HIV among drug addicts in Norway remains at a stable low level (Table 1). In total, there are now 4 627 people diagnosed as HIV positive in Norway, 3 105 men and 1 522 women.

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