DUBLIN — An Irish gay men’s health services organization says it saw a 5 percent increase in first-time referrals in 2012 over 2011, according to irishhealth.com.
Gay Men’s Health Services says it also saw a 20 percent increase in referrals from patients aged 24 and younger, and a 39 percent increase in requests for HIV testing over the year before.
With increased testing also comes increased diagnosis. According to GMHS, 261 men received a diagnosis of gonorrhea, a 43 percent increase; 52 men learned they were HIV positive, a 37 percent increase; and 56 men were diagnosed with syphilis, a 22 percent increase.
Chlamydia was the only illness to see a decrease in diagnoses with approximately 150 men learning they’d contracted the disease.