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Newly released figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show that last year 166 cases of newly diagnosed HIV among gay and bisexual men in 2012, This is the highest ever recorded to date.

The figures show that HIV diagnosis rates among gay and bisexual men have increased by 160% between 2005 and 2012.

The figures also suggest that the age group most at risk of HIV is getting younger as the average age for diagnosis among men who have sex with men is now only 32.

Director of Gay HIV Strategies Tiernan Brady said:
“A focus on raising awareness about HIV, sexual health education and targeted HIV prevention measures with this group of men is critical.

This focus, coupled with efforts to promote testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among gay and bisexual men can lead to a reduction in HIV infection rates.”