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Ireland: Rise in HIV Cases Among Gay Men

June 17, 2010

The number of new HIV diagnoses among Irish men who have sex with men (MSM) grew 42.3 percent between 2008 and 2009, from 97 to 138, health officials said this week. At the same time, the total number of new cases of HIV in Ireland declined 2.2 percent to 395, reported Ireland's Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC). Males accounted for 258 of the new cases diagnosed during 2009. Overall, 156 case were among heterosexuals and injecting drug users accounted for 30.

"The epidemiology of HIV in Ireland is complex and due to the voluntary nature of the reporting system, it is likely that the number of case reports is an underestimate," said Dr. Aidan O'Hora, HPSC specialist in public health medicine.

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Comment by: Simon Collery (Nakuru, Kenya) Sat., Jun. 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm EDT
Were the baby and four children investigated to see if they were really infected by their mother? For example, may they have been infected by unsafe medical practices?
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