Europe's Endless Epidemic

Approaching the 30th World AIDS Day this Saturday, a new WHO European Region and ECDC report reveals alarmingly high numbers of new HIV infections.

In 2017, 160,000 people in the WHO’s European Region were newly diagnosed. The eastern part of the region saw an all-time high of 130,000, and late diagnoses are a driving force behind the epidemic.

The upward trend isn’t as steep as it has been in recent years. But WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab struggled to focus on the good news amid “unacceptably high” numbers of new infections. “My call to governments, ministers of health and decision-makers is bold: scale up your response now,” she urged.

Yesterday, the French government took one step in that direction, pledging to reimburse prescription-bought condoms to combat the spread of HIV and other STDs, Agence France Presse reported.

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