BERLIN, October 7, 2005 ( – HIV infections in Germany have skyrocketed by 20 percent in the first half of 2005, with a majority of cases in homosexual men, according to recently released figures.

The Robert Koch Institute revealed that 1,164 people contracted the incurable virus between January and June of this year; 60 percent of new cases were among homosexual males. After analysing the results, the institute said the risk of contracting the disease is twice what it was in 2001, and is at its worst level in 10 years.

“Developments regarding this avoidable infection is a reason for concern,” said Reinhard Kurth, Robert Koch Institute president. “Further efforts are required to explain and get across that despite improved therapy there is no cure.”