Number of HIV diagnoses reached a peak

“You have HIV.” This message you have received in the past year, more than 130,000 people in Eastern Europe. This is the largest number of HIV diagnoses, which was ever pronounced in the Region. In Western Europe, however, the number of infectious is reduced, such as from a recent report by the world health organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The Report covered Region consists of 53 countries, where altogether almost 900 million people live. In Western and Eastern Europe, almost 160,000 people were together in 2017, a new HIV diagnosis.

The HIV epidemic is spreading in Eastern Europe. Positive not only that the increase in case numbers in 2017 was as strong as in the previous year, according to the Report. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of diagnoses in Eastern Europe had increased by 95 percent; between 2008 and 2017, the increase was only 68 percent.

“It is difficult to speak of good news, if one looks to another year with unacceptable high probability of paying back,” says Zsuzsanna Jakap, Director of the WHO Regional Office Europe.

The main problem is that many people will know of their infection. Every second, the disease was in an advanced stage, when she was diagnosed. As a result, the risk increases that the persons Concerned have passed on the Virus. In addition, a late diagnosis complicates the treatment.

New HIV diagnosis: Over the years, hardly any complaints

Has infected someone with HIV to proliferate the virus in his body in the first days of the explosion. In this time, – however, only a quarter of those Affected to symptoms such as fever, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes and an inflamed oral mucosa that can easily, with a flu to be confused.

Then the long Phase of the infection is not noticeable is often followed by a year. Only after this latency time, the weakening of the immune system leads to significant discomfort, in the further course of the Aids breaks out. For this reason, all the people should with a possible risk of infection regularly get tested for HIV, even if you feel healthy.

The disease is detected 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. Cure but HIV is not. Ill put your medications, increases the number of viruses in your body at the same pace as after a new infection.

The risk for a “crisis of historic proportions”

Already in the summer of the AIDS had declared organization of the United organizations, Unaids, and that declining financial resources to the global fight against the HIV epidemic-prone. The alarming increase of new infections in some regions could be coupled with the growth of the young population shifts to a “crisis of historic proportions,” warned the U.S. Aids expert Mark Dybul in the run-up to the world Aids conference in Amsterdam in July. He moved next to Eastern Europe to countries in Asia.

Since the beginning of the Aids epidemic in the eighties have been infected worldwide, more than 77 million people living with HIV. Almost half of the patients – 35.4 million – died as a result of Aids.

In Germany, an estimated 13,000 people with HIV who are unaware of their infection. Since this year, self-tests, for to approved home, can be sold in pharmacies, drugstores and on the Internet. However, these provide only three months after the infection reliable results.

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