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AIDS Cases Rising in Germany

March 29, 2004

A recent study by the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases showed that German HIV/AIDS cases are rising due to unprotected sex. New HIV diagnoses numbered 1,958 in 2003, up from 1,716 in 2002 and 1,470 in 2001. Gay men represented 41 percent of the new cases; women accounted for 22 percent. At the end of 2003, roughly 43,000 people had HIV, and approximately 5,000 had AIDS. Some 600 people in Germany died of AIDS last year. The institute said 73 percent of study participants under age 45 said they used a condom at the beginning of a new relationship, down 5 percentage points from 2000. Condom sales were down to 189 million last year versus 207 million in 2000.

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Agence France Presse
03.24.04




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