Last year, there was a 68% increase in the number of HIV diagnoses in Ireland compared to 2019, reports RTE.
A Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC) report released on World AIDS Day found that there were 884 cases.
The majority of HIV cases reported in 2022, around two-thirds, occurred outside Ireland in people previously infected with the virus.
HPSC data showed that there were 173 first-time HIV cases, a fifth of last year, reports RTE.
This figure represents a 16% reduction in rates compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.
The majority of first-time diagnoses were among men, with the rate nearly four times higher.
The HPSC said: “The key population group affected by HIV in Ireland remains gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM),” reports RTE.
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