In 2017, nearly 160 000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in the WHO European Region, marking another year of alarming HIV numbers in the Region. However, the pace of increase is slowing compared to previous years. Continuing a trend that has persisted for the last decade, the majority (82%; over 130 000) of people newly diagnosed in 2017 were from the eastern part of the Region – the highest number ever. Of the remaining diagnoses, 14% were reported from the western part and 4% from the central part. At the same time, countries in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) reported a decline in rates of new diagnoses, mainly driven by a 20% decrease since 2015 among men who have sex with men. These numbers contribute to an estimated 2.3 million people living with HIV in the Region today, among whom 1 in 5 are estimated to be unaware of their infection. Just over half of those diagnosed in the Region are diagnosed at a late stage of infection.

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Early diagnosis means successful treatment: 2 men living with HIV in Greece share their experience

Late diagnosis of HIV remains a challenge across the WHO European Region. Every second newly diagnosed person has already reached an advanced stage of the infection. In the European Union/European Economic Area, the latest data from 2017 show that almost 90% of AIDS diagnoses happened within just 90 days of the HIV diagnosis. This indicates that the majority of these AIDS cases could have been avoided with early diagnosis.


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Half of people with HIV in the WHO European Region are diagnosed late

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