HIV on the rise among Asian communities

The number of Asian gay and other men who have sex with men being diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand is increasing.

The Asian population in New Zealand has more than doubled since 2005. The number of HIV diagnoses amongst Asian gay and other men who have sex with men has also increased over this time. 

According to data from the AIDS Epidemiology Group (AEG) at Otago University, in the three years to 2013, the proportion of gay and other men who have sex with men diagnosed with HIV who are Asian jumped from 10% to 15%. AEG indicates that the HIV diagnoses reflect the overall makeup of our Asian communities, with a signficant number from Chinese, Indian, and Filipino communities.

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