European health officials review response to current HIV epidemic

Crucial HIV response areas in Europe
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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) recently published a report that explains how countries in Europe have responded to the current HIV epidemic that started in 2004.

The report shows the response follows the outlines included in the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia.

The data was gathered from 55 countries in Europe as well as Central Asia, and provides readers with a summary of the countries’ progress in responding to and dealing with important issues involved in the region’s HIV epidemic.

The report identifies the areas that are most at risk for the HIV epidemic: migrants, men who have sex with men, prisoners, sex workers, and people who inject drugs.

“We need good data for effective public health planning and action,” ECDC acting Director Andrea Ammon said. “Especially in times when HIV and overall health budgets are under pressure, high-quality data on these aspects of the HIV situation are essential to inform evidence-based decision-making and effective public health planning.

"For 2013, our data show that not even half of those most at risk of infection were tested and 47 percent of those that were diagnosed got their diagnosis at a late stage. Such low testing rates and high numbers of late diagnosis seriously undermine the effectiveness of Europe’s HIV response.”

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