Many new HIV infections among Dutch gays

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Nearly 850 gay men in the Netherlands have been diagnosed with HIV in the past year. That number is higher than during the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the Netherlands HIV Monitoring Foundation SHM reports.

SHM Director Frank de Wolf says he was shocked by the new figures which he believes show that HIV prevention is still a major issue. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people in the Netherlands are not aware they have been infected. Mr De Wolf argues that educational campaigns regarding prevention through the use of condoms, changing risky behaviour and HIV testing are to be directed primarily at this group.  

The total number of 1,200 new infections were registered between 1 June 2009 and 1 June 2010. A total of 13,000 cases of HIV infections have been registered. That number has been increasing for years. Partly because of the increased life expectancy of HIV-positive people, but also because of the increase in the number of new infections.


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