New cases of HIV rise in Eastern Europe

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With over 130 000 new HIV diagnoses in 2017, the eastern part of the Region observed a rate of increase of 68% in 2008-2017, compared with 95% in 2007-2016.

Moreover, the rate per 100,000 people was much higher in Eastern Europe - 51.1 - than the 6.4 per 100,000 in Western Europe, the report said.

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.

"Lisbon is the Portuguese city with the highest number of new cases, and in order to reverse this trend, we must focus on increasing the information available on prevention of infection, screening and reducing stigma associated with HIV".

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. An estimated 92% of the of 102,000 people living with HIV in Britain have been diagnosed, according to Public Health England (PHE).

"It is hard to speak of good news, if one looks to another year with unacceptable high probability of paying back", says Zsuzsanna Jakap, Director of the WHO Regional Office Europe.

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"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. Every second person diagnosed with HIV has already reached an advanced stage in the infection.

An estimated total of 102,000 people were living with HIV in the United Kingdom in 2017, with 8% (8,200) unaware of their infection, according to Public Health England (PHE). The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the more successful treatment is likely to be, so it is very important to get tested if you think there's a chance that you might have contracted HIV.

Despite this measurable progress in reducing the number of new HIV diagnoses, overall rates continue to increase in about one third of EU/EEA countries. There was also a reduction in diagnoses attributed to heterosexual transmissions involving people from countries with generalised HIV epidemics.

The number of AIDS cases continued to decline in the Region as a whole.

The momentum to revamp political commitment to end AIDS by 2030 has never been so strong in the European Region.

The figures came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Europe as a whole was not on track to meet the target by the 2020 deadline, with "unacceptably high" numbers of new infections. As a result, country-specific roadmaps are in development to reinforce a common agenda among key policy-makers, partners, funders and implementers.

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