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New HIV cases in Australia at 20-year high

Published on Jul 17, 2014 8:52 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - The number of new HIV cases in Australia remains at the highest level in 20 years, according to data on Thursday which reveals many people are not being detected early enough.

The Annual HIV Surveillance report from the University of New South Wales' Kirby Institute found 1,235 new cases of the virus were diagnosed in 2013. There were 1,253 new infections in 2012.

"These are the highest levels we've had in 20 years," the institute's associate professor David Wilson said.

While the rates for the past two years have been stable, the 2013 figure represents a 70 percent rise since 1999, when diagnoses were at their lowest.

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