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28.01.2014

Across Europe young MSM are at higher risk of HIV infection

The highest proportion of new HIV infections across Europe occur in young men who have sex with men (MSM), according to results of a 15-country analysis.

In 2012, newly reported human immunodeficiency virus diagnoses in the European Union /European Economic Area remained stable at around 30,000 cases. Since 2003, cases in men who have sex with men (MSM) aged 20 to 29 years-old doubled, while the proportion of late presenters in this group remained stable. Persistent declines occurred among older MSM age groups, particularly that between 30 and 39 years-old. Interventions targeting younger MSM are needed to prevent a resurgence of the epidemic in Europe.

Since 2008, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), together with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, has been coordinating an enhanced human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) surveillance for European Union (EU) Member States and European Economic Area (EEA) countries. The 2012 data collection and analysis offered the opportunity to re-examine the distribution and trends of HIV infection by risk and age group.

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