AIDS Care Watch

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

HIV infections on the rise in Germany

By, M&C News, May 6, 2008

Berlin - Some 2,752 new cases of HIV were reported in Germany in 2007, a 4-per-cent increase over the previous year, the federal institute responsible for disease control and prevention said Tuesday.

The biggest increase in HIV infections - 12 per cent - was reported in homosexual men, the Robert Koch Institute said. Infections among heterosexuals were down by 7.5 per cent.

There was also a drop in infections among drug addicts and immigrants from countries with a high incidence of AIDS, the institute said.

Around 59,000 people are infected with the virus that leads to AIDS in Germany, Europe's most populous country.

The Robert Koch Institute said most of the new infections occurred in large cities, led by Cologne, Dusseldorf and Berlin.



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