Russia, Ukraine, Belarus have highest rates of newly diagnosed HIV in Europe

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The highest rates of newly diagnosed HIV infections were observed in Russian Federation in 2017, the World Health Organization's European office and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said in a report published on Wednesday, TASS reports.

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".

One reason for the persistent HIV epidemic in Europe is that late diagnosis remains a challenge across the whole Region.

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Over 80 new cases of HIV were diagnosed in Northern Ireland previous year, according to a new report by the Public Health Agency (PHA).

"We all need to realize our responsibilities and the critical role we all have to play to make Pakistan HIV free", the minister said while addressing a Seminar in connection with World AIDS Day. 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.

"The report calls for urgent action for countries and areas (especially in the eastern part) to revamp their political commitment and scale up efforts to implement the Action plan for the health sector response to HIV in the region", the report reads.

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Most people infected with HIV suffer a short, flu-like illness that occurs between two and six weeks after they are infected.

"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". "It is important for our public health services to support easy and affordable access to testing and medical care for vulnerable groups at risk of HIV infection". Every second, the disease was in an advanced stage, when she was diagnosed.

The number of new HIV diagnoses has decreased as treatment rates increase, though efforts still needed to promote early detection.

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Against the UN's 90-90-90 targets (that 90% of those living with HIV are diagnosed; 90% of people diagnosed were receiving treatment; and 90% of those being treated were virally suppressed), in 2017, 92% of people living with HIV in the United Kingdom had been diagnosed, 98% of those diagnosed were receiving treatment and 97% of people receiving treatment were virally suppressed.

Also in Germany, an estimated 13,000 people with HIV who are unaware of their infection.

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