In 2013, there were 233 newly diagnosed HIV cases in Norway, compared to 242 in 2012. The decline is mainly seen among heterosexuals. Among men who have sex with men (MSM), the HIV figures remain high. Increased HIV testing, condom use and more HIV-infected people on treatment are the most important preventive measures.
Of the 233 new HIV infection cases, 158 (68 per cent) were men and 75 were women. In total there are now 5,371 people diagnosed with HIV in Norway, 3,618 men and 1,753 women.
The 2013 figures show a further decline in the total annual number of diagnosed HIV cases notified anonymously by doctors to the Norwegian Surveillance System for Communicable Diseases (MSIS). Compared with the 2008 peak, there were 22 per cent fewer new reported HIV cases in Norway.
The decline among heterosexuals is seen both in those infected while living in Norway and immigrants who were infected before arrival. Following a decline in 2012, the number of diagnosed cases among MSM is again at the same level as in 2011. The incidence of HIV among drug users in Norway remains at a low level.
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