He said that about one in eight people living with HIV in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EU/EEA) remained undiagnosed.
“Continued and widespread stigma around HIV is deterring people from getting tested and is taking us dangerously off track to reach our 2030 goal of ending AIDS,” said WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge, in a press release.
According to the report, late diagnosis of HIV remains a major challenge in the Region due to underdiagnosis and underreporting.
The WHO blamed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on testing services in the Region, “which overwhelmed public health and clinical surveillance resources, causing many countries to struggle to test and report new infections.” for HIV.”
“In the absence of regular HIV testing for people most at risk, there can be a long period of time between HIV infection and diagnosis,” Dr. Andrea Ammon, Director of ECDC, said in the news release.
“This is not good for people, as they are more likely to become seriously ill and even die if diagnosed late. It is also not good for public health, as HIV-positive people who do not receive treatment can transmit HIV to their unknowing sexual partners,” Ammon added.
In 2021, almost 300 new HIV diagnoses were made every day in 46 of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region, amounting to 106,508 new diagnosed HIV infections in the Region, according to WHO data. published before World AIDS Day on December 1. 1.
However, last year’s new HIV diagnoses in the Region remained nearly 25 percent below pre-pandemic levels, according to the report. ■