New HIV Cases Diagnosed In NI Last Year

New HIV Cases Diagnosed In NI Last Year

While the number of new cases was lower than in recent years in the 53 countries comprising the European region, in many instances the diagnosis came too late and the victim had already reached an advanced stage of infection, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization's European office.

Dr Claire Neill, Specialist Registrar with the PHA, said: "Many people living with HIV have no obvious signs or symptoms, so the only way of knowing if you have the virus is by taking a test".

"The significance in this report is that we can see a sharp difference between Eastern Europe and the European Union where the number of HIV infection numbers is dropping", Dr. Masoud Dara, coordinator of communicable diseases and HIV team lead at WHO Europe, told CNN.

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The increase in new HIV diagnoses continued for the WHO European Region as a whole, but its pace was slower than in previous years. For this reason, all the people should with a possible risk of infection regularly get tested for HIV, even if you feel healthy.

People can not get an Aids diagnosis unless they are already HIV positive.

Men are suffering disproportionately from HIV across the entire Region: 70% of new HIV diagnoses are in men.

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

Is detected the disease early and consistently treated, can be lowered the amount of virus in the body so far that it is in the case of Tests undetectable, and the Affected are not contagious. "To support people living with HIV and protect those at higher risk of infection, we need to fast track action by tailoring interventions".

In the rest of the former Soviet Union, new cases of infected drug users have fallen 45 percent to 6,218 a year in a decade, while new cases of heterosexual transmission increased 59 percent to nearly 18,000.

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

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.

The overall trend suggested the European region would not achieve the United Nations target of eliminating HIV/AIDS by 2030.

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