HIV diagnoses spike in NSW

Figures released by NSW Health today show 409 people were diagnosed with HIV in 2012, compared with 330 in 2011.

Homosexual men accounted for 81% of new diagnoses, while 14% of cases were in heterosexuals and 2% were acquired through sharing injecting equipment.

But NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said the increase wasn't surprising as more people were getting tested.

"With the increase in testing, we get people who may have been infected for a while who've never had a test coming forward, and that's actually very positive," she said.