European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe have revealed the data for HIV cases in the region for 2018.
The data reports 1,41,000 new HIV diagnoses in the Region. Women accounted for one-third of the total cases.
60% of HIV diagnoses in women were in the age group of 30 – 49 years old. At this age, their immune system is not that strong. 54% of known cases among women is driven by persistent problem of late diagnosis. Older women are more likely to be diagnosed late than younger women; almost 3 – 4 times more likely.
Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner, Health and Food Safety and Dr. Andrea Ammon, Director, ECDC expressed their concerns over it and suggested the required methodology for it.
Such proportions of late diagnoses suggest that sexual risks are not being adequately addressed with older adults as well as a relatively low HIV testing coverage and uptake in the Region,
The data suggests that this population needs more attention on prevention and testing efforts in Europe.
The data suggests the need to work on enhanced strategies so that women are diagnosed earlier. It may include – increasing awareness, offering counselling for diagnosed patients and testing services for diagnosis, notifying partners of HIV positive men to avoid transmission, providing HIV testing based on specific health conditions, providing treatment services in the community.
The earlier diagnosis of HIV will enable patients with timely treatment and avoiding its sexual transmission. It will improve the lives of patients and the people around them. Public health services play a major role in this.
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