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European Commission warns of impending HIV/AIDS epidemic

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:642
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    European governments must show strong political leadership if the continent is to avert a looming HIV/AIDS epidemic, the European Commission has warned.

    In a report prepared for an international meeting of health ministers and AIDS experts in Vilnius, Lithuania, this week (16-17 September), the commission pointed out that the number of newly reported HIV cases in western Europe has doubled over the past nine years.

    The estimated number of people living with HIV/AIDS varies from 140 000 in France and 120 000 in Italy to just 1500 in Finland and a little more than 2000 in Norway. But the commission predicts that even …

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