Current HIV trends

“For a new generation of young gay and bisexual men, HIV has become a growing risk. Between 2005 and 2014 there has been a four-fold increase in the number of new diagnoses among those aged between 25-34 years. There is a critical need to educate young people and young gay and bisexual men in particular about HIV which is an easily preventable condition.” - Tiernan Brady, Director of Gay HIV Strategies (GHS) with GLEN.

The most current data on annual rates of HIV Diagnoses in MSM (Men who have sex with Men) in Ireland is 2012. These figures are the highest diagnosis rates recorded to date.

  • There were 166 newly diagnosed cases of HIV for gay and bisexual men in 2012 in Ireland.
  • The HIV diagnosis rates amongst gay and bisexual men has increased by 160% between 2005 and 2012 they now represent just under half (48%)of all new HIV diagnoses.
  • The age of those most at risk of HIV is getting younger. The median age of MSM HIV diagnosis has fallen to 32 years old in 2012.
  • The largest number of new diagnoses among MSM occured in the 25-29 year age range.

The figures are compiled by the Health Protection Suveillance Centre (HPSC) and are available by clicking here