Ten new cases of HIV are diagnosed every day in this country.
Figures from HIV Ireland show new cases have increased by 35% since 2011.
A total of 498 people were diagnosed as living with HIV last year, compared with 372 in 2014.
The charity said the rate of increase – which is described as a “spiralling crisis” – was alarming and needed urgent action.
Some facts from HIV Ireland, based on provisional data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre:
- More than one third of new HIV transmissions in Ireland were through heterosexual sexual contact in 2014
- HIV affects a range of at-risk groups including men who have sex with men (MSM), intravenous drug users and migrants;
- According to the World Health Organisation, 30% of people living with HIV are undiagnosed;
- IV also affects both younger and older people, with 44 young people aged between 14 and 24, and 32 people aged over 50 years, diagnosed with HIV in 2014.