Russia, Ukraine, Belarus have highest rates of newly diagnosed HIV in Europe

Faith Castro
November 30, 2018

In Western and Eastern Europe, nearly 160,000 people were together in 2017, a new HIV diagnosis.

Rates of newly diagnosed HIV infections for 2017 varied significantly among countries in the WHO European Region, with the highest rates per 100 000 population observed in the Russian Federation (71.1), Ukraine (37.0), Belarus (26.1) and the Republic of Moldova (20.6).

The report finds that there have been 160,000 new diagnosis in 2017.

To date, provisional figures for 2018 indicate that there have been 459 new HIV diagnoses in Ireland, 26 ahead of this time past year, which equates to over ten new infections per week.

"We live in a context necessarily different from the imaginary of many people, since the treatments are very effective today. 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". He said that it was also crucial to achieving the targets and empowering people to make choice about HIV prevention so they could protect themselves and their loved ones. Research from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) has demonstrated that people with HIV who are taking treatments now have a similar life expectancy to those who are HIV-negative. There should be adequate investments in prevention, treatment and detection, the report adds.

More than 130,000 of the new diagnoses came from the eastern part of Europe.

"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.

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"Policies that reduce social marginalisation, stigma and discrimination are needed as are increased funding for prevention and testing", Pozniak said in a statement.

With heterosexual contact and intravenous drug use among the most commonly reported means of transmission in the East, Dara said, it is important for everyone to realize they could be at risk of infection.

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".

Pozniak reiterated that there could be a shift in who is affected most by HIV in Russian Federation. The new diagnoses rose in 2017 the report said but the speed of rise has slowed.

The chairperson of the NACA governing board, Pauline Tallen, said the goals of the National HIV response are achievable if all involved play their role.

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