Eight out of ten said they were infected by a casual partner.“This indicates that the infection pressure among this group has decreased within Norway,” Øyvind Nilsen, senior adviser at NIPH, said in a statement.
Although almost half of the new HIV-positive cases among men who have sex with men have a migrant background, the number of annual new HIV cases in this group has declined in recent years, compared to the peak in 2009.
Just under 2000 of the 6000 people with HIV in Norway are women.
Most of the women reported becoming infected by their regular partner who was also infected through heterosexual contact.Most women diagnosed with HIV last year were around 38 years old.Beautiful Norway with its mountains, fjords and fresh air, is a country that follows western trends and has a high standard of living.The country is almost unique in that the women generally are better educated than the men, and attain excellent job prospects when they graduate from University.More than half of new HIV cases in Norway last year resulted from heterosexual contact, according to a newly published report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).
Overall, 220 Norwegian men and women were diagnosed with HIV in 2016, only one less case than in the previous year.The number of gay HIV cases increased by 17 in the same time period.The total number of people infected with HIV in Norway to date show a similar ratio to this year’s numbers, with just under 2000 homosexual cases and nearly 3200 heterosexual cases.The number of HIV-positive heterosexuals who were infected before arriving in Norway declined from 86 in 2015 to 70 last year. Forty per cent of everyone diagnosed with HIV in Norway lived in Oslo when they were diagnosed.Akershus, Nord-Trøndelag, Hordaland and Buskerud counties have the next highest incidences of HIV relative to their population.Getting an early start with HIV treatment and offering preventive HIV medications can help reduce susceptibility to infection in these environments.