Dutch HIV cases increase for fifth year

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30 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — The number of cases of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the Netherlands rose in 2004, according to a report published in the eve of World Aids Day.

30 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — The number of cases of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the Netherlands rose in 2004, according to a report published in the eve of World Aids Day.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)'s annual STD and HIV report said this was the fifth year the number of cases had increased. The largest increase was among gay and bisexual men, but there was also an increase among heterosexual groups.

"This points to an increase in unsafe sexual behaviour. Alertness is called for to prevent a further rise in HIV and other STDs. But innovative methods of prevention and intervention are necessary," RIVM warned.

The total number of people who have tested HIV positive in has risen. In total there are 10,600 people in the Netherlands registered as having the infection. "The total number of people with HIV, including those who are not aware that they are infected, is estimated to be between 16,000 and 24,000," RIVM said.

The report said men who engage in homosexual contact form the largest group (52 percent). After a decline in previous years, the share of gay men with HIV began to climb again in 2004.

In contrast, the share of people infected after heterosexual contact fell for the first time  in years in 2004.

The number of non-HIV STD cases increased sharply in 2004: chlamydia by 19 percent to 4,470 cases; gonorrhoea was up by 12 percent to 1,568 cases; and syphilis by 24 percent to 626.

RIVM said the number of people younger than 25 who were diagnosed with gonorrhoea and chlamydia was striking: two thirds of the women diagnosed with chlamydia were under 25. For men, the figure was 32 percent. 

The number of instances of syphilis has risen by 153 percent in the last five years. "This is mainly due to an increase among gay and bisexual men.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news + World Aids Day

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