Number of Australians with HIV steady

Published: September 9, 2009

Number of Australians with HIV steady

THE number of Australians diagnosed with HIV every year has plateaued at about a thousand cases.

New figures to be released today at a major sexual health summit show Australian doctors detected 995 new cases of HIV during 2008.

This was down fractionally from 1,051 diagnoses in 2007, but Associate Professor David Wilson from the University of NSW cautions a change in data collation contributed to the decline. ??

"This last year is the first year in the last decade that we have not seen an increase … but some of that might be tied to slight changes in methodology," says Prof Wilson, who is head of the university’s Surveillance and Evaluation Program for Public Health.

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