New HIV diagnoses at alarmingly high levels in the European region despite progress in EU/EEA

04 December 2018

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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe have released the latest data on the HIV epidemic in the European Region. Publication of ‘HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2018 - 2017 data’ marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day.

HIV transmission remains a major public health concern and affects more than two million people in the WHO European Region, particularly in the eastern countries. This report finds that, while epidemic patterns and trends vary widely across European countries, nearly 160,000 people were diagnosed with HIV in the European Region in 2017. The eastern part of the region recorded over 130,000 new HIV diagnoses, the highest number ever. In contrast, the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries reported a decline in rates of new diagnoses (25,000), mainly driven by a 20% decrease since 2015 among men who have sex with men.

The report calls for urgent action for countries and areas (especially in the eastern part) to revamp their political commitment and scale up efforts to implement the action plan for the health sector response to HIV in the WHO European Region.

The ECDC report, accompanying data and infographics can be accessed on their website

Source: WHO Europe, 28 November 2018