HIV epidemic raging across Europe finds report

Epidemic: HIV Rates Keep Rising in Eastern Europe

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

Based on the findings of the ECDC Dublin Declaration report on the continuum in 2015, ECDC now monitors a four-stage continuum that is directly relevant in the European region.

In Ukraine, Russia, and other countries in Eastern Europe, the high proportion of new cases was mainly attributed to transmission through heterosexual sex and intravenous drug use, the report said.

This message you have received in the past year, more than 130,000 people in Eastern Europe.

"We live in a context necessarily different from the imaginary of many people, since the treatments are very effective today". However, among the estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV in Europe and Central Asia "only two out of five are estimated to be virally suppressed in 2018". She suggested allotting sufficient budget for prevention, diagnosing, and treatment, especially in places with a high number of HIV cases.

The WHO's European Region is made up of 53 countries with a combined population of almost 900 million.

He said that presently HIV/AIDS treatment centres were working efficiently across the country besides prevention the parent to child transmission centres for pregnant women.

"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.

More than 130,000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV previous year in Eastern Europe, the highest rate ever for the region, while the number of new cases in Western Europe declined, global public health experts said on Wednesday.

In the rest of the former Soviet Union, new cases of infected drug users have fallen 45 percent to 6,218 a year in a decade, while new cases of heterosexual transmission increased 59 percent to nearly 18,000. Dr. Anton Pozniak, president of the International AIDS Society also called for removal of the stigma around HIV AIDS.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, in a statement 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". "Policies that reduce social marginalisation, stigma and discrimination are needed as are increased funding for prevention and testing..."

"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.

A requirement introduced in 2012 for some global NGOs working in Russian Federation to register as "foreign agents" led to a decrease in organisations working with groups vulnerable to HIV, said Oli Stevens, a HIV researcher based in Britain. "It is important for our public health services to support easy and affordable access to testing and medical care for vulnerable groups at risk of HIV infection".

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