The rate of newly diagnosed HIV infections in Australia has risen by 10% in 12 months – the largest increase in 20 years, a new report shows. The data is outlined in the Kirby Institute’s Australia Annual Surveillance Report, was released recently at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2013 in Darwin.
Last year, 1,253 cases of HIV were diagnosed, with unprotected sex among men the most common mode of transmission. There has been a small increase in the number of new diagnosis since 1999 when there were 719 new diagnoses.
The report shows that over the past four years, two-thirds (67%) of new HIV diagnoses have occurred among men who have sex with men, 25% were attributed to heterosexual contact and 2% to injecting drug use.
The number of new diagnoses has been gradually increasing over the past 14 years, from 719 cases in 1999.