HIV rise points to safe sex decline

Cathy O’Leary
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The WA Health Department says the annual number of HIV notifications has doubled in a decade, including a 16 per cent increase last year.

Though AIDS groups say the increase is likely to reflect more people being tested, the department says it is worried that some people are complacent about unprotected sex.

WA’s sexual health and blood-borne virus program manager Lisa Bastian said the number of new HIV cases had grown from 51 in 2004 to 139 last year.

She said the numbers were particularly alarming for men who have sex with men, with a 27 per cent increase in HIV reports in this group last year.

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