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The Number Of People Living With HIV

Dec 6th 2013 at 11:01 PM

According to recent estimates from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin in 2012 there were about 3,400 new HIV infections in Germany. The number of people living with HIV in this country, the researchers expected to total about 78 000.

Transferable by Sex - Most frequently stuck still to men who have sex with men. "Homosexuals contacts among men make up about two-thirds of all infections from," explains Osamah Hamouda, director of the RKI Section HIV / AIDS and other sexually transmitted or blood borne infections.

The current second largest groups are people who become infected through sexual contact between men and women. Statistically it is for gay men, according to Hamouda although more likely to be infected. In the individual case, however, any unprotected sexual contact with a little-known partner is a risk of becoming infected with HIV.

The relatively high level of new HIV infections has other reasons. "We must now also deal very intensively with the topic other sexually transmitted infections," says Prof. Elisabeth Pott by the Federal Centre for Health Education. These diseases increase the risk of HIV-infected people to pass on the HIV virus. And anyone who has syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia, is more susceptible to HIV infection.

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