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HIV Cases Rise Among Gay Men in Ireland

HIV Cases Rise Among Gay Men in Ireland

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A report published Tuesday in Ireland shows a sharp increase in the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases among gay and bisexual men despite a slight drop in the number of new HIV cases overall.

The Irish Timesreports, "The number of new cases among men who have sex with other men rose 42.3% from 97 in 2008 to 138 last year."

A third of the men diagnosed were under age 30, according to the report.

In addition, according to The Irish Times, "during 2009, 395 new cases of HIV were recorded, down 2.2% compared with the preceding year. The number of new cases of AIDS rose by 5 over the year from 28 to 33."

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