Number Of New HIV Cases In Sweden Increases 40%

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The number of new HIV cases recorded during the first half of this yearin Sweden has increased 40% compared with the same time period lastyear and is at a record high, Xinhuanet reports. According to the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, 252 new HIV cases were reported during the first half of 2007, the highest figure since reporting began in 1987.

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AndersBlaxhult, deputy state epidemiologist at SIIDC, said that HIV caseshave increased among heterosexual people, injection drug users and menwho have sex with men. Blaxhult attributed the increase to immigration,adding that more than half of the new cases reported were among recentimmigrants to the country.

According to Xinhuanet, themajority of HIV-positive people in the country are heterosexual,although HIV among IDUs is increasing faster than among any othergroup. From January to June, there were 29 reported HIV cases amongIDUs, nearly three times the number reported during the same period in2006 (Xinhuanet, 7/5).
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