HIV Prevention Report and Recommendations MSM Subgroup

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Tuesday 1st January 2008

There were 147 new cases of HIV diagnosed in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Scotland in 2006.

There were 147 new cases of HIV diagnosed in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Scotland in 2006. Apart from the mortality and psychological and physical morbidity that this figure represents, the lifetime treatment costs alone for these men are unlikely to be less than £25M. High risk sexual activity among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Scotland has increased since the late 1990s and more men are newly infected with HIV each year. Stigma and discrimination remain as barriers to testing and continue to make disclosure of HIV status difficult for men who know that they are HIV positive. HIV prevention activity is in urgent need of reinvigoration and this revised HIV prevention strategy identifies and addresses the priorities for preventing new HIV transmissions.

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