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December 01, 2015

Respond to the HIV epidemic in Europe

tags:#AIDS, #AIDS Action Europe, #HIV, #WHO
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recorded the highest number of newly diagnosed HIV infections in only one year since the start of reporting in the 1980s. The most recent surveillance data released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe report that over 142 000 people were diagnosed with HIV infections in 2014 - only in Europe.

These numbers are alarming: HIV/AIDS still has an increasing regional and global drive. During the last decade the rate of new infections increased up to 80 %. More than ever it is important to commemorate the 1st of December as the declared World AIDS Day.

The civil society network AIDS Action Europe was established in 2004 and has grown to be one of the largest HIV-related networks in the region. Their network reaches beyond the borders of the European Union and covers all 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia and consists of 450 NGOs, national networks, AIDS service organisations, activists and community based groups of people living with HIV. Their mission is to bring together civil society to work towards a more effective response to the HIV epidemic in Europe and Central Asia.

Set a sign against ignorance towards HIV/AIDS and become a supporter of AIDS Action Europe.

Photo credits: Paul Falardeau

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Respond to the HIV epidemic in Europe