ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France — HIV and STD rates remain high in France according to a new report, France24 reports.
In a report released Tuesday, the France Public Health Agency found that 43 percent of the 6,000 new HIV cases reported in France last year were gay men and that infection rates are declining among straight men and women.
The study also found that STD infections among gay men have soared with a 100 percent increase in new gonorrhea cases, a 56 percent spike in syphilis and a 47 percent increase in rectal chlamydia, France24 reports.
The public health report attributed the lack of a decline in HIV cases and the sharp rise in STDs to high-risk sexual behavior, criticizing medical professionals for failing to prescribe regular tests. The report was published just weeks after the France Public Health agency — with the support of the health ministry – began targeting gay men with a campaign aimed at stopping the spread of infection, France24 reports.