November 30, 2018 23:20 |
It is estimated that 800 to 1,000 people do not know that they are infected, the Institute of Public Health of Serbia, Dr. Milan Jovanović Batut, said on December 1 of the World Day against the Party
In Serbia, HIV infection is registered with 2,562 people, and it is estimated that 800 to 1,000 people do not know that they are infected, the December 1 World Counseling Day of the Institute of Public Health of Serbia Dr. Milan Jovanović Batut announced.
The "Batuta" epidemiologist, Danijela Simic, said that 130 new HIV positive persons were registered this year, of which 12 times more men than women.
"Of the 46 people affected by AIDS, 12 of them died, and the youngest AIDS supplies are only 23 years old, and the youngest person has died this year for 31 years," Šimić said.
She said increasing participation of young people between 20 and 29 years among newly diagnosed HIV positive people.
"This year, the most dominant mode of HIV transmission is sexual relations, and in 72% of cases there is unprotected sexual intercourse between people," Šimić said.
Representative of the World Health Organization in Serbia, Abebayah Asef, said that "HIV remains the major public health challenge in the world" and that "up to now, 77 million people have been infected and more than 35 million people have died".
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"The latest statistics for the EU region are showing us a worrying number, though the rate of growth of the epidemic has been slightly reduced," Asefi said.
He said that by 2020, 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status.
The Infectious and Tropical Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases of the Clinical Center of Serbia Dubravka Salemović said that "today it is much easier to live with HIV than 30 years ago".
"There is no need to think about whether someone is in danger but should be tested," said Dubravka Salemović.
The World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st, and the European HIV testing week lasts from November 23 to November 30.
Since 1997, free active and antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is available in Serbia for infected persons.
The only early detection of HIV infection is timely treatment.