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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 12:29
HIV rising among over 50's in Europe
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Reckless sexual behaviour by divorcees is behind an increase in HIV cases among the over-50s in Europe, a major study suggests.

The diagnosis rate among older Britons rose by an average annual rate of 3.6 percent over the 12 years to 2015, according to the research.

Over the study period, 54,102 over-50s, equivalent to 2.6 in every 100,000 were diagnosed with HIV.

While lower than the rate of 11.4 cases per 100,000 younger people, diagnosis rates fell among this age group dropped while it spiked among older Europeans.

In 2004, around 3.1 new cases per 100,000 people over 50 were diagnosed in the UK, but this increased to 4.3 per 100,000 by the end of the study.

Overall, the countries with the highest diagnosis rates in older people were Estonia, Latvia, Malta and Portugal.

Therefore, around one in six new cases of HIV diagnosed in Europe are now in over-50s.

Lead author, Dr. Lara Tavoschi said: ‘Our findings suggest a new direction in which the HIV epidemic is evolving.

‘This potentially is a result of older people’s low awareness of HIV and how it is transmitted, leading to misconceptions and low perception of their own risk.’

She suggested routine testing by GPs could help crack down on the problem.

Source - Dailymail


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