HIV situation in Norway in 2014

Published: March 5, 2015

Original Article:

In 2014, there were 249 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Norway, a moderate increase from 2013. The increase is among men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexually-infected people living in Norway. The trend of fewer diagnosed cases of HIV infection continued among immigrants who were infected heterosexually before arrival in Norway.

Of the 249 HIV cases reported in 2014, there were 184 (74 per cent) men and 65 women.  In 2013, there were 234 HIV cases. Overall, there are now 5622 people diagnosed with HIV in Norway, 3803 men and 1819 women.
The HIV situation in Norway has remained relatively stable in recent years. It is characterised by persistently high numbers of newly diagnosed cases among MSM and among immigrants who  make up almost 50 per cent of diagnosed HIV cases each year. In addition, heterosexual men who are infected abroad, particularly in Thailand, make up a significant proportion of newly infected cases.
There is still a low number of HIV cases among injecting drug users, women born in Norway and adolescents. Increased testing activity, condom use and more HIV positives on treatment are still the most important preventive measures.

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