Despite progress, new HIV diagnoses in Europe ‘alarmingly high’

Epidemic: HIV Rates Keep Rising in Eastern Europe

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

"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".

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: "Despite our efforts, HIV still damages the lives of so many people, and causes not only much suffering and illness, but also discrimination and stigmatisation".

"We all need to realize our responsibilities and the critical role we all have to play to make Pakistan HIV free", the minister said while addressing a Seminar in connection with World AIDS Day.

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A total of 1,073 people in the region are now living with the condition.

The 53 countries in WHO's European region have a combined population of almost 900 million.

"Where human rights for LGBT (people) are not accepted, and are not free and protected for everyone, there can not be efficient HIV prevention", Yoursky said. For this reason, all the people should with a possible risk of infection regularly get tested for HIV, even if you feel healthy.

"It's hard to talk about good news in the face of another year of unacceptably high numbers of people infected with HIV".

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

"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", said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director.

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. "Once diagnosed, individuals are less likely to pass on their infection due to treatment and changing their behaviour, so it is essential for both the person with HIV and anyone with whom they may have sex, that the condition is diagnosed early".

Is detected the disease early and consistently treated, can be lowered the amount of virus in the body so far that it is in the case of Tests undetectable, and the Affected are not contagious.

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During 2017, of the 84 new cases diagnosed in Northern Ireland, 45 (54%) occurred through MSM transmission, while 26 (31%) occurred through heterosexual transmission. Participants expressed governments' firm commitment to scale up efforts to implement the Action Plan for the Health Sector Response to HIV in the WHO European Region and achieve the 90-90-90 targets.

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