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HIV on the rise in Eastern Europe

Pupils in South Korea are a red band, a symbol of awareness and support for people infected with HIV. Advertising Photos.picture: Ahn Young-Joon / AP / TT

More than 130,000 people in Eastern Europe were diagnosed with HIV in the past year.

This is the highest number in the area, while new cases in Western Europe have declined, data from the European Office for Infectious Health Care (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) show.

As far as Western Europe is concerned, a 20% reduction from 2015 is the number of men infected by sex with other men. The overall decline in the area is explained inter alia by targeted sampling for early detection of the virus so that it can be used for treatment to stop spreading.

A total of 160,000 new cases were reported in Europe.

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