France: Men who have sex with men accounted for 48 percent of new HIV/AIDS cases and have an infection rate that is 200 times higher than in the heterosexual population.

PARIS — Homosexual men in Europe are increasingly failing to adhere to safe sex, according to two new studies. In France, transmission of the AIDS virus “seems to be out of control” among men who have sex with men, said a paper published on Thursday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Overall incidence of HIV in France declined from 8,390 new infections in 2003 to 6,940 in 2008, said its lead author, Stephane le Vu of the National Institute for Public Health Surveillance.

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