Apr 222012
Gay men

For the first time since 1990, the number of homosexual and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV has overtaken that of heterosexual men.

In the first half of last year, homosexuals and bisexuals comprised 54 per cent of the 195 people found to have the human immunodeficiency virus which causes Aids. All were infected through sex. Heterosexuals made up the rest.

The change is significant, Aids activists told The Sunday Times, because for most of the past two decades, men who had sex with women were the majority of those diagnosed with HIV.

They said the rise in infections among men who have sex with men and those who have sex with both men and women points to two things: that gay men were more willing to get themselves tested for HIV and, worryingly, there may be a greater degree of sexual recklessness among this group.

Theresa Tan And Candice Neo