HIV: 160,000 new cases in Europe in 2017


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • Univadis Medical News
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Almost 160,000 new diagnoses of HIV were reported in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region in 2017, according to the latest HIV/AIDS surveillance report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

The 2017 data show that the increase in new HIV diagnoses continued for the WHO European Region overall, but its pace was slower than in previous years.

Last year, more than 25,000 people were diagnosed with HIV in 30 of the 31 countries of the European Union/European Economic Area. This translates into a decline from a rate of 6.9 per 100,000 population in 2008 to 6.2 per 100,000 in 2017.

With over 130,000 new HIV diagnoses in 2017, the eastern part of the Region had a rate of increase of 68 per cent between 2008 and 2017 compared with 95 per cent in 2007-2016. In the central part of the Region, the increase was 121 per cent compared with 142 per cent.

Of new HIV diagnoses in the eastern part of the Region, 59 per cent were reported to be from heterosexual transmission. Approximately 70 per cent of new HIV diagnoses were in men.