Totally Frightful Statistic: Gay Swiss HIV

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While the boys from Feast of Fools are fighting AIDS in Africa, health officials in Switzerland are reeling from statistics pointing to a horrific rise of HIV among gay men.

Swiss Info reports:

The number of new HIV infections among gay and bisexual men in Switzerland has almost doubled over the past three years….In 2005, 49.3 per cent of all men diagnosed as HIV-positive were gay or bisexual, whereas they represented 36.5 per cent in 2004.

Officials say that the sharp increase stems from lack of awareness and a lowering of sexual guards in the age of medical advancements.

What’s more, administrators hold the internet at least partially responsible:

The Federal Health Office also highlights the growth in internet chat sites, which enable people to meet in different places from traditional locations, such as saunas and sex clubs, which are targeted by prevention campaigns.

Some scary shit, that.