Big increases in STD levels

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5 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — The number of HIV infections in 2005 rose by 22 percent compared with the year before and the number of Chlamydia cases increased 15 percent, according to a provisional report published by health agency RIVM on Wednesday.

5 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — The number of HIV infections in 2005 rose by 22 percent compared with the year before and the number of Chlamydia cases increased 15 percent, according to a provisional report published by health agency RIVM on Wednesday.

The national institute on sexual infection 'Soa Aids Nederland' described the figures as alarming.

The organisation called for better motoring of the high-risk groups, including gay and bisexual men.

Chlamydia is mainly a problem in big cities and Soa Aids Nederland said local councils should run better information campaigns to warn people of the dangers. The national Aids funds (Het Aids Fonds) is investing EUR 300,000 this year in the battle against HIV among gay men in the major cities.

Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst provided additional funds at the end of 2004 to combat the spread of STDs among the non-native Dutch population. He is also encouraging better coordination among groups dealing with STDs.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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