HIV Diagnosis At Its Peak In Eastern Europe

Cheryl Sanders
December 1, 2018

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.

It said that in 2017, more than two fifths (43%) of new HIV diagnoses were made at a late stage of the infection.

In comparison, Eastern Europe had 51.1 new diagnosed cases per 100,000 people, Western Europe had a rate of 6.4 new cases per 100,000.

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The HIV epidemic is still ongoing in the developed world - particularly in Eastern Europe.

"We live in a context necessarily different from the imaginary of many people, since the treatments are very effective today".

Meanwhile, the report also found that new HIV diagnoses continued to decline, falling 17% from 5,280 in 2016 to 4,363 in 2017.

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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.

"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.

The health minister said that the government also aspires to support people living with HIV empowerment by creating an enabling environment and adopting an integrated multi-sectoral approach to address the socio-economic determinants responsible for the spread of HIV in the Country. Life expectancy can be near-normal if diagnosed early and treated promptly.

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"It is hard to speak of good news, if one looks to another year with unacceptable high probability of paying back", says Zsuzsanna Jakap, Director of the WHO Regional Office Europe. It is important not to delay if you have put yourself at risk.

"Lisbon is the Portuguese city with the highest number of new cases, and in order to reverse this trend, we must focus on increasing the information available on prevention of infection, screening and reducing stigma associated with HIV".

Among the types of data the CDC collects: the number and population rates of HIV diagnoses, the number of people living with HIV and the number of people receiving HIV medical care. World Health Organization says that within the European Union, new diagnoses actually fell. It is estimated that the majority of onward transmission is from those with undiagnosed HIV.

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In a report published on 29 November 2018, PHE said the UK had met all of the targets set by the UN to promote HIV prevention, adding that the UK should "identify new priorities that, if achieved, could accelerate the falls in HIV transmission that are well underway".

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