In Europe, one in seven with HIV are unaware of it
ONE in seven people with HIV in Europe is unaware of their infection, the EU and World Health Organisation reported yesterday as 2015 marked another record year for new HIV cases in the region.
“The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s [ECDC’s] estimate that one in seven people living with HIV are unaware of their status is particularly worrying,” European Union Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in the report released ahead of World AIDS Day tomorrow.
“People who do not know they are infected cannot benefit from lifesaving treatment, and can continue to transmit the virus to others,” he noted.
The figure is based on data from the 28 EU nations plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
Almost half of cases in those countries are diagnosed at a late stage of infection, the ECDC said, estimating that it takes almost four years before an HIV infection is diagnosed and reported.
Sex between men remains the main HIV transmission mode in those 31 countries, accounting for 42pc of diagnoses. –