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Brussels The AIDS virus spread faster than ever before in 2004, according to the latest World AIDS Report, which was published in Brussels and London on Tuesday. 4.9 million people worldwide have newly infected, about 100 000 more than last year. The number of infected women therefore increases even faster than that of men. While six years ago 41 percent of adult HIV-infected women were women, today it is already 50 percent. Almost 40 million people worldwide currently live with the AIDS virus, more than ever before. In Germany, the number of new infections is relatively constant at around 2,000 per year, but experts see a decline in condom use and the rise in other sexually transmitted diseases as indications of a coming increase. Especially young gays are at risk, already half of all new infections still go back to unsafe sex between men. (Nb)

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