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'HIV crisis' as number of people diagnosed with the virus almost doubles

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
'HIV crisis' as number of people diagnosed with the virus almost doubles

A “spiralling HIV crisis” has seen the number of people diagnosed with the virus almost doubled in the first four months of 2016.

According to provisional data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), there were 175 cases of HIV reported in the first 16 weeks of 2016, compared to 106 in the same period last year.

This marks a rise of 69, or about 40% in one year. The figures come after provisional figures at the start of the month showed that there were 498 new cases of HIV reported in Ireland in 2015, up from 377 in 2014.

On average, there are now about 10 people a week being diagnosed with HIV in Ireland.

The rising number of cases of HIV being reported represent a “crisis” and need to be tackled immediately by any incoming government, according to charity HIV Ireland.

‘‘One of the first actions of the new Government must be to address the HIV crisis in Ireland,” said Niall Mulligan, executive director of the charity.

HIV Ireland has been working in the areas of prevention, testing, outreach and support for almost 30 years and we are alarmed at the relentless upward trend in HIV diagnoses.