Sharp drop in HIV linked to drug use

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A down­ward trend in the rate of HIV in­fec­tions in Greece ap­pears to be con­tin­u­ing, par­tic­u­larly among drug users, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased yes­ter­day by the Cen­ter of Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (KEELPNO) ahead of a con­fer­ence on AIDS start­ing on Fri­day in Athens.

In the first 10 months of this year, 84 peo­ple tested HIV pos­i­tive com­pared to 239 in the same pe­riod last year and 514 in 2012, at the peak of Greece’s cri­sis, when an HIV epi­demic spi­ralled out of con­trol. The sharp de­cline in in­fec­tions is largely at­trib­uted to state-backed ini­tia­tives pro­vid­ing ad­dicts with clean nee­dles.

In­fec­tion rates have also dropped over­all, with 5.9 HIV in­fec­tions per 100,000 peo­ple recorded this year com­pared to 7. 2 in­fec­tions per 100,000 peo­ple in 2013. This year, 654 peo­ple tested HIV pos­i­tive from Jan­uary through Oc­to­ber – 563 men and 91 women.

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