By David O’Sullivan
The number of people with H-I-V in Cork is on the rise.
HIV is the virus of the immune system that can cause Aids.
28 people have been diagnosed so far in 2013
which is more than the last two years combined.
Overall 400 people are receiving on-going treatment for the disease at
The highest proportion of people being diagnosed were born in sub-saharan
Africa, where the disease has a high occurrence.
Figures suggest that 25 percent of carriers in Ireland do not yet realise
they have it.
The Cork Sexual Health Centre will launch an awareness campaign next month
to promote testing for the disease in the hopes of reducing future infection rates.
Phil Corcoran, from the Cork Sexual Health Centre says HIV-Aids can be
contracted by anyone, regardless of their orientation