New cases of HIV rise in Eastern Europe

Henrietta Brewer
November 30, 2018

The rate of new HIV infections reached a decade-long high in Europe a year ago, raising an "alarm bell" ahead of the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day on Saturday.

It also found that in the European region, men suffer disproportionately from HIV, with 70 percent of new HIV cases diagnosed in 2017 occurring in men.

"Late HIV diagnosis remains a challenge in the Region", the report points out, adding that "the increase in new diagnoses in the East of the Region continued, with 2017 continuing the trend of recent years in becoming the year with the highest number and rate ever recorded.".

HIV remains a major public health concern, affecting more than 2 million people in Europe, especially in the eastern regions like Russian Federation, according to a new study. A lot of progress has been made, but there is still much more we must do.

"The significance in this report is that we can see a sharp difference between Eastern Europe and the European Union where the number of HIV infection numbers is dropping", Dr. Masoud Dara, coordinator of communicable diseases and HIV team lead at WHO Europe, told CNN.

Mrs Tallen said the board would continue to play a leading role in the advocacy required, including for the creation of greater fiscal space for HIV especially at the state level where the needs are greater.

WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab has called forth the governments to "scale up" their responses.

In his goodwill message, the National Secretary of the Network of People Living With HIV\AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Abdulkadir Ibrahim, urged the federal government to consider approving a budget line for the network. More than 130,000 of those detection were in Europe's eastern region. Conservative attitudes there prevent those most at risk from getting help. The improved results in the United Kingdom were put down to increased HIV testing, higher rates of condom use and a reduction in the time between diagnosis and starting treatment.

"We are not doing enough in the region to control the epidemic in spite of having the necessary tools to do so", McCormack said in an email.

"The main objectives of this campaign are to raise the awareness of the population of the city of Lisbon regarding the prevention and transmission of HIV and increase the visibility of the issue of HIV and AIDS", said the note sent to Lusa, adding that the initiative also intends to " reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with living with HIV infection. This allows rapid linkage to care and immediate start of antiretroviral treatment for those tested positive and wider uptake of evidencebased prevention such as pre-exposure prophylaxis. The minister said Pakistan has an estimated 150,000 people living with HIV.

"The increased rate of new diagnoses in the region since 2012 comes amid a global decline and Masoud Dara, HIV specialist at the World Health Organization, said it could be "an early indication of overspill in the general population".

"This is a potential shift from mainly affecting key populations to affecting the general population".

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