Most New European HIV Cases Last Year Arose In Ukraine, Russia

Epidemic: HIV Rates Keep Rising in Eastern Europe

Most New European HIV Cases Last Year Arose In Ukraine, Russia: Report

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Although the overall pace of HIV increases in the region is slowing, Eastern Europe still saw a rise in new cases in 2017, according to a report issued by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization. "This was the only population in the EU/EEA that experienced constant increases in reported HIV cases during the past decade", stresses ECDC Director Andrea Ammon.

He said that public awareness was essential on HIV/AIDS testing, prevention and treatment.

According to information provided to the Lusa agency by the municipality, the initiative "Lisbon, city without AIDS" will launch this campaign, which starts with a collaboration between the "Lisbon Chamber and the Group of Activists in Treatments, with the support of the Directorate- General for Health, the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo and other associations and entities working in the area of HIV and AIDS".

He was addressing the culmination event and bicycle marathon, for the commemoration of World AIDS Day 2018, jointly organised by Ministry of National Health Services, World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNAIDS.

Over 80 new cases of HIV were diagnosed in Northern Ireland a year ago, according to a new report by the Public Health Agency (PHA). While efforts to prevent new HIV infections are gradually showing signs of progress, we are not on course to meet the 90-90-90 targets by the 2020 deadline.

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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.

"Treatment has proven to be a prevention", he explained, and it helps suppress the virus, preventing people from infecting others.

He said stigma discouraged more than half of the estimated 350,000 people living with HIV in Ghana from seeking medical care, increasing the prevalence. "We do not have many of these in Eastern European countries as opposed to Western Europe", he said, adding that early testing for HIV needs to be in place, as well as treatment.

According to the report, significant HIV transmission continues across the WHO European Region. In the central part of the Region, the increase was 121% compared with 142% respectively.

In total, more than 2 million people are affected by HIV in Europe, the report said. Data need to be carefully considered as they depend on the transmission mode reported by the individuals. Rev. Azumah said practices at health facilities such as name calling, folder marking and the designation of special beds to people with HIV condition should be stopped.

In 2017, over 25 000 people were diagnosed with HIV in 30 of the 31 countries of the EU/EEA.

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