HIV/AIDs: UK meets global target, as new diagnoses drop

Pearl Mccarthy
December 1, 2018

The latest data from PHE suggests that as a result of treatment, 87% of all people living with HIV in Britain had an undetectable viral load. In 2017, 159 420 newly diagnosed HIV infections were reported in 50 of the 53 countries of the WHO European Region, and about 130 000 of them appeared in Eastern Europe.

"If you look at the late diagnosis rates, which are still quite high, that tells us that there's still much more to be done", said Matthew Hodson, executive director of NAM, a British HIV/Aids information charity.

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (Aids) is the name used to describe a number of potentially life-threatening infections and illnesses that happen when your immune system has been severely damaged by the HIV virus.

Europe saw almost 160,000 new HIV cases in 2017.

The latest figures from PHE show that in 2017, 92% of people living with HIV in the United Kingdom have been diagnosed, 98% of those diagnosed were on treatment, and 97% of those on treatment were virally suppressed.

The minister said that the government is committed to make honest efforts for increasing the access to and uptake of HIV preventive and treatment services by engaging with all stakeholders to promote HIV awareness and minimize stigma and discrimination against HIV.

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Vytenis Andriukaitis, European commissioner for health and food safety, said that, to make further progress, health officials will have to "overcome the stigma of HIV infection and treatment and continue our efforts in dispelling false beliefs about how HIV and AIDS are spread".

The WHO's European Region is made up of 53 countries with a combined population of almost 900 million. Every second person diagnosed with HIV has already reached an advanced stage in the infection.

In total, more than 2 million people are affected by HIV in Europe, the report said. For this reason, all the people should with a possible risk of infection regularly get tested for HIV, even if you feel healthy. Many countries fail to recognize that raising awareness among young people and offering them better access to early HIV testing are critical.

Among the types of data the CDC collects: the number and population rates of HIV diagnoses, the number of people living with HIV and the number of people receiving HIV medical care.

The Chamber of the capital will launch on Wednesday the campaign "stop HIV is in our hands", with the aim of "increasing the knowledge of the population" regarding the prevention and transmission of the AIDS virus.

Of new HIV diagnoses in the eastern part of the Region, 59% are reported to be from heterosexual transmission.

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