HIV cases rise in Australian state

20:12, March 16, 2010      

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Queensland's chief health officer Jeannette Young said on Tuesday the number of reported HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) cases in the state is increasing.

There were 178 new cases of HIV reported in Queensland last year compared with 166 the year before.

Young said the figures are worrying.

"That's the highest number that's ever been reported," she said.

Men made up 88 percent of reported cases last year.

The highest notification rates were in the 25 to 34 age group.

Young said the increase may be due to an aggressive campaign encouraging gay men to be tested.

However, she said now that treatments are available, people are more complacent about the importance of safe sex.

A new national HIV strategy will be considered by the Australian Health Ministers' conference next month.

Source: Xinhua
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