1st December - World AIDS day

  Published: 30.11.12 Updated: 30.11.2012 11:03:34

On the eve of World AIDS Day, ECDC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe release their annual HIV/AIDS surveillance report. The data for 2011 show that more than 121 000 new HIV cases were reported in the WHO European Region, with more than 28 000 new infections in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EU/EEA) – suggesting that it is vital to sustain HIV interventions even in times of economic austerity in order to curb the on-going HIV transmission across Europe.

The report HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2011 shows that in the EU/EEA, HIV is highly concentrated in key populations such as men who have sex with men, who account for the majority of cases, persons originating from countries with generalised HIV epidemics and people who inject drugs. The number of HIV infections among people who inject drugs remained fairly low across the EU/EEA (5% of HIV diagnoses in 2011) with a 40% decline between 2004 and 2011.