World AIDS Day is commemorated on December 1st each year and is a key opportunity to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. World AIDS Day is an important reminder that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.
- 9.2% of HIV infections were in 15-24 year olds and 25.0% were female.
- The highest number of cases was reported among men who have sex with men (MSM) accounting for 39.5% of newly diagnosed cases.
- Heterosexual contact accounted for 27.6% of new diagnoses. Among the heterosexual cases, 35.7% were among individuals originating from countries with generalised epidemics. 19% were diagnosed in individuals with a partner originating from a country with a generalised epidemic, with a partner known to be HIV positive or a partner who is an injecting drug user (IDU).
- 7.9% of newly diagnosed cases were among IDUs.
- Ireland was identified as the country of birth for 50 new cases (32.9%). Information on country of birth was not known for 33% of cases.
- 14 (9.2%) were diagnosed with an AIDS defining illness at the time of their HIV diagnosis and 63 (41.4%) were asymptomatic.
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