The fight against HIV is not going as planned

In Europe, many people with HIV to be stuck still. Especially in Eastern Europe, the number of Infected has increased. The world health organisation (WHO) and the European centre for disease prevention and control (ECDC) on the occasion of world AIDS day on 1. December 2018 attention.

While new infections with the HI Virus decreases in the EU by 2017, slightly increased in the European Region – particularly in Eastern Europe – more significantly. 2017 of 130,000 Eastern Europeans have received the diagnosis of HIV, 70 percent of those Affected are men. Unlike in other regions, 59 percent of the new krankten in Eastern Europe seem to be through heterosexual contact to infect. The Problem is that the diagnosis is mostly much too late. Every Second the Virus was detected only in an advanced stage. Due to ignorance the risk of other people also contract the Virus increases. "Despite our best efforts, HIV damages still the lives of so many people and not only caused much suffering and disease, but also discrimination and Stigmatisierung", Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for health and food safety says. Although had already been a lot of progress made, still much more needs to be done if HIV is to be eliminated in Europe and around the world by 2030. This could be tailor-made programmes for groups at risk, but also improved diagnostic and therapeutic methods.

Politically, HIV, much attention is paid: To a by the WHO in cooperation with the Dutch government and the UN-organised policy dialogue on HIV/Aids in July of 2018, eleven Ministers of health took part, so much as never before. Nonetheless, efforts should be strengthened if the goals are to be achieved.


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