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HIV diagnoses at all-time high in Eastern Europe

HIV diagnoses at all-time high in Eastern Europe”

According to the report, 43% of diagnoses were made at a late stage of HIV infection, which increases the "risk of passing on HIV to partners".

"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), Belarus (26.1) and the Republic of Moldova (20.6), and the lowest in Bosnia and Herzegovina (0.3), Slovakia (1.3) and Slovenia (1.9)", the report reads.

"It's hard to talk about good news in the face of another year of unacceptably high numbers of people infected with HIV".

Now there is no cure for HIV, but there are effective drug treatments that enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. But more can be done - an estimated 43% of new HIV diagnoses in 2017 were made at a late stage of infection, the United Kingdom figures showed. In Western Europe, however, the number of infectious is reduced, such as from a recent report by the world health organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

"We also don't have enough data about men who have sex with other men, because of high levels of stigma", said Lunchenkov, who is openly gay. More than 130,000 of those detection were in Europe's eastern region.

But methadone, which research has shown helps to prevent injecting drug users passing on HIV, is banned in Russian Federation.

"It is estimated that the majority of onward transmission is from those with undiagnosed HIV", she added.

"In the East, particularly in Russian Federation, the shift away from progressive policies towards socially conservative legislation is a barrier to implementing HIV prevention and treatment". Sex between men was most responsible for transmission in the European Union and European Economic Area. My call to governments, ministers of health and decision-makers is bold: "scale up your response now", says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

He said that public awareness was essential on HIV/AIDS testing, prevention and treatment.

"Despite our efforts, HIV still damages the lives of so many people, and causes not only much suffering and illness, but also discrimination and stigmatization", said Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

"We all need to realise our responsibilities and the critical role we all have to play to make Pakistan HIV free". We need to capitalise on the full potential of our joint and sustained actions, as well as increased collaboration with our partners across borders if we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of eliminating HIV - in Europe and worldwide - by 2030. "Policies that reduce social marginalisation, stigma and discrimination are needed as are increased funding for prevention and testing..."

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