In Europe, one in seven with HIV are un­aware of it

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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