More than 130,000 people were diagnosed with HIV last year in Eastern Europe, the highest rate ever for the region, while the number of new cases in Western Europe declined, global public health experts said last week.
European Union and European Economic Area countries saw a reduction in 2017 rates, mainly driven by a 20 percent drop since 2015 among men who have sex with men. That left Europe’s overall increasing trend less steep than previously.
The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS warned in July that complacency was starting to stall the fight against the global epidemic, with the pace of progress not matching what is needed.
Some 37 million people worldwide are infected with HIV.
The WHO’s European Region is made up of 53 countries with a combined population of nearly 900 million. About 508 million of those live in the 28 member states of the E.U., plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The promotion of men with men makes the rate of HIV persistent. Men suffer disproportionately from HIV, with 70 percent of HIV cases diagnosed in 2017 occurring in men.
Since the start of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, more than 77 million people worldwide have become infected with HIV. Almost half of them — 35.4 million — have died of AIDS. SOURCE