The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe release the latest data on the HIV epidemic in the European Region, marking the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. More than 130,000 of those diagnoses were in Europe's eastern region, the most ever reported there. "We do not have many of these in Eastern European countries as opposed to Western Europe", he said, adding that early testing for HIV needs to be in place, as well as treatment.
Rates of newly diagnosed HIV infections for 2017 varied significantly among countries in the WHO European Region, with the highest rates per 100 000 population observed in the Russian Federation (71.1), Ukraine (37.0), Belarus (26.1) and the Republic of Moldova (20.6).
Meanwhile, the report also found that new HIV diagnoses continued to decline, falling 17% from 5,280 in 2016 to 4,363 in 2017. Africa, where the estimated number of people living with HIV is 25.7 million, was most affected.
Emphasising the role of HIV testing services towards achieving the 2030 target for AIDS free nation, the VP said "The role of HIV testing services and supporting people living with HIV to live life positively can not be over-emphasised. Today's report is a poignant and powerful reminder of how far we've come", UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a statement.
"Treatment has proven to be a prevention", he explained, and it helps suppress the virus, preventing people from infecting others.
"HIV starts off (in) key populations - meaning drug users, commercial sex workers and men having sex with men - but after that it (increases) exponentially. if there is no more intervention", Dara told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The report calls the rates in Eastern Europe "disproportionately higher".
In a report published on 29 November 2018, PHE said the UK had met all of the targets set by the UN to promote HIV prevention, adding that the UK should "identify new priorities that, if achieved, could accelerate the falls in HIV transmission that are well underway".
"The series of awareness sessions held at community level through public outreach campaigns, educational institutes, policy making institutions and healthcare settings/hospitals to share important information and statistics related to the HIV epidemic in the country, free of cost HIV testing and treatment services being provided by the Government of Pakistan, to reduce stigma and discrimination and address misconceptions associated with HIV awareness is commendable".
The chairperson of the NACA governing board, Pauline Tallen, said the goals of the National HIV response are achievable if all involved play their role.
Five ways you can make a difference in the youth HIV & AIDS pandemic "There can be no doubt prevention efforts to end the HIV epidemic in the United Kingdom are working", said Professor Noel Gill, Head of STIs & HIV at Public Health England.
Pozniak reiterated that there could be a shift in who is affected most by HIV in Russian Federation.