Russian Federation risks HIV epidemic as cases rise

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A lot of progress has been made, but there is still much more we must do. We must overcome the stigma of HIV infection and treatment and continue our efforts in dispelling false beliefs about how HIV and AIDS are spread.

"We still have a chance today as Pakistan is confronted with a concentrated HIV epidemic that can be addressed by a focused and targeted approach", he said.

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.

The UK results represent a "great achievement", said Sarah Fidler, professor of HIV and communicable diseases at Imperial College London, who was not involved with the report.

"We are quite far behind achieving those targets, particularly in Eastern Europe and Central Asia", said Dara.

Men are suffering disproportionately from HIV across the entire Region: 70% of new HIV diagnoses are in men. For this reason, all the people should with a possible risk of infection regularly get tested for HIV, even if you feel healthy.

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HIV remains a major public health concern, affecting more than 2 million people in Europe, especially in the eastern regions like Russian Federation, according to a new study.

The rate of new HIV infections reached a decade-long high in Europe past year, raising an "alarm bell" ahead of the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day on Saturday.

European Union ountries with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses reported in 2017 were Latvia (18.8) and Estonia (16.6), and the lowest rates were reported by Slovakia (1.3) and Slovenia (1.9). Every other person diagnosed had already developed Aids, an advanced stage of the infection. Yet around 160,000 people were contemporarily detected with the disease in area in 2017. There was also a reduction in diagnoses attributed to heterosexual transmissions involving people from countries with generalised HIV epidemics.

The figures came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Europe as a whole was not on track to meet the target by the 2020 deadline, with "unacceptably high" numbers of new infections.

"The increasing trend in new HIV diagnoses continued for the Region overall, despite decreasing rates of new diagnoses in the EU/EEA", the executive summary posted on the ECPCD website reads.

Another recent milestone towards ending AIDS is the United Nations Common Position on Ending HIV, TB and Viral Hepatitis through Intersectoral Collaboration launched at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 27 September 2018.

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