Approximately 2.2 million were living with HIV in 2012 in the WHO European Region, and the numbers are still rising. Alarmingly, around half of those people do not know that they are infected. Despite the progress in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support across the Region over the last decade, the response to the HIV epidemic still faces many challenges. These challenges include the unknown HIV status in many individuals, late treatment initiation, low access to treatment, coinfection with tuberculosis, and coinfection with hepatitis.

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Towards domestic funding of HIV and TB response in eastern Europe and central Asia

WHO/Europe, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network and other partners organized a high-level regional meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 28–30 September 2015 to address regional challenges and discuss ways forward for a successful transition to domestic funding of national responses to the HIV infection and TB epidemics in countries of eastern Europe and central Asia.