New HIV Cases Diagnosed In NI Last Year

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"The increased rate of new diagnoses in the region since 2012 comes amid a global decline and Masoud Dara, HIV specialist at the World Health Organization, said it could be "an early indication of overspill in the general population". That left Europe's overall increasing trend less steep than previously. The HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2018 study shows that 84 of these cases were diagnosed in 2017. There was also a reduction in diagnoses attributed to heterosexual transmissions involving people from countries with generalised HIV epidemics.

Dr Claire Neill, Specialist Registrar with the PHA, said: "Many people living with HIV have no obvious signs or symptoms, so the only way of knowing if you have the virus is by taking a test". There are AIDS masses being held in some churches, club events, film screenings and lots more fundraising activities to attend.

In a statement, WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab called on governments to "scale up your response now". There should be adequate investments in prevention, treatment and detection, the report adds.

The momentum to revamp political commitment to end AIDS by 2030 has never been so strong in the European Region.

The WHO and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has targeted "90-90-90 target by 2020" which means 90 percent of HIV positive people being diagnosed and 90 percent people to be provided with antiretroviral therapy and 90 percent of those treated achieve viral suppression. While unprotected male homosexual sexual intercourses remain the main cause of transmission in European Union and European Economic Area, intravenous drug use and heterosexual sex was the main mode of HIV transmission in Eastern Europe, the report stated. "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.

"It's not completely clear from the report what the underlying problem is, and therefore how to fix it, but interruption in the drug supply due to the cost of drugs, a lack of task-shifting, and discriminatory laws are all likely to contribute". "Policies that reduce social marginalisation, stigma and discrimination are needed as are increased funding for prevention and testing..." 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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A requirement introduced in 2012 for some worldwide NGOs working in Russian Federation to register as "foreign agents" led to a decrease in organisations working with groups vulnerable to HIV, said Oli Stevens, a HIV researcher based in Britain.

He said that presently HIV/AIDS treatment centres were working efficiently across the country besides prevention the parent to child transmission centres for pregnant women.

Pozniak reiterated that there could be a shift in who is affected most by HIV in Russian Federation.

Thirty-one (41%) new HIV diagnoses were made at a late stage.

"This is a potential shift from mainly affecting key populations to affecting the general population".