HIV diagnoses in New Zealand in 2016 highest Press Release – to accompany AIDS – New Zealand Newsletter Issue #76Embargoed until midnight Tuesday 30th May HIV diagnoses in New Zealand in 2016 highest Figures released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group show that in 2016, 244 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand – the highest number ever diagnosed in any one year since monitoring of the epidemic began in 1985.
Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) were the group most affected.
It is funded by the Ministry of Health to undertake epidemiological surveillance of HIV infection and AIDS in New Zealand.
“The increase in the number diagnosed will be affected by the amount of HIV testing of those at risk.
However, we also found that almost half of MSM infected in New Zealand had a relatively high CD4 cell count, which suggests that they have been infected relatively recently.
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