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Australia had a 10% increase in new HIV diagnoses in 2012 with a rise in the number young gay men contracting the virus.

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21st October 2013 15:25

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

1250 people were diagnosed with HIV in Australia during 2012, with an alarming number gay men in their 20’s – suggesting they may not taking the virus seriously.
1250 people represents an increase of 10% compared to 2011’s figures.

The state of New South Wales (NSW) had a 24% increase during 2012, prompting NSW Health to release early data for the first half of 2013, showing an 8% decrease in new diagnoses compared to the same time last year.

However disturbingly the biggest age category for people to be diagnosed with HIV in NSW in the first half of 2013 was the 25-29 demographic, with 64 men diagnosed, while 37 men 20-24 also contracted the virus.

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