March 5, 2014 | by Staff reports
Young gay Aussie men avoiding HIV tests
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Health professionals in Australia have raised concerns about a 65 percent increase in the number of men aged 18-24 newly diagnosed in the country’s New South Wales region. (Photo by David Iliff; courtesy Wikimedia Commons. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)

SYDNEY — A new report from Australia finds that about one-third of young gay men there are avoiding getting tested for HIV and other STIs despite the fact that they are increasingly likely to have had unprotected sex with casual partners, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Health professionals there have raised concerns about a 65 percent increase in the number of men aged 18-24 newly diagnosed in the country’s New South Wales region between 2009-12, the article said.

Medical bodies and community groups have responded by taking testing to the streets in a bid to encourage more young men to find out their HIV status.

Health officials speculate that about a quarter of the young men diagnosed had simply not been exposed to prevention campaigns.

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