HIV Numbers In Europe At Record High, Says Report

HIV Numbers In Europe At Record High, Says Report

Since the start of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, more than 77 million people worldwide have become infected with HIV and nearly half of them died of AIDS.

"With an estimated 8,000 people still unaware of their infection it is vital that people seek out an HIV test if they consider themselves at risk, or accept the offer of an HIV test by a healthcare professional, as early diagnosis is key to stopping transmission".

In the East, there are 51.1 new HIV cases in 100,000 people, which is far more than the 6.4 new diagnoses for the same number of people in the West.

Activists blame widespread discrimination against LGBT+ people for an eight-fold rise in transmission among men having sex with men, to more than 1,000 cases annually.

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The minister said that the government is committed to make honest efforts for increasing the access to and uptake of HIV preventive and treatment services by engaging with all stakeholders to promote HIV awareness and minimize stigma and discrimination against HIV.

"The report calls for urgent action for countries and areas (especially in the eastern part) to revamp their political commitment and scale up efforts to implement the Action plan for the health sector response to HIV in the region", the report reads.

Since the start of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, more than 77 million people worldwide have become infected with HIV. For this reason, all the people should with a possible risk of infection regularly get tested for HIV, even if you feel healthy.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European commissioner for health and food safety, said that, to make further progress, health officials will have to "overcome the stigma of HIV infection and treatment and continue our efforts in dispelling false beliefs about how HIV and AIDS are spread".

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The number of new HIV diagnoses has decreased as treatment rates increase, though efforts still needed to promote early detection.

Improvement is still needed, with 8% (8,200) of the estimated 102,000 people in the United Kingdom living with HIV unaware of their infection. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of diagnoses in Eastern Europe had increased by 95 percent; between 2008 and 2017, the increase was only 68 percent. Every second person diagnosed with HIV has already reached an advanced stage in the infection. The predominant modes of transmission in these countries were heterosexual transmission and transmission through injecting drug use.

"The increasing trend in new HIV diagnoses continued for the Region overall, despite decreasing rates of new diagnoses in the EU/EEA", the executive summary posted on the ECPCD website reads.

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