HIV cases in Sweden up 48%
August 2001 from the Advocate
The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control reports that the number of new HIV cases in the country increased by 48% in the first half of 2001 compared with the same period last year.
"We have not had so many reports of new HIV cases since the beginning of the 1990s," said Malin Arneborn, an epidemiologist with the institute. Although it is too early to tell exactly what is behind the increases, Arneborn did say that some of the new cases are related to rising intravenous drug use in the cities of Stockholm and Sundsvall. Advocacy groups say that complacency about HIV risk, overseas travel, and immigration have also contributed to the increase.