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New cases of HIV in Europe reach highest level since 1980s

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6419 (Published 27 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6419
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Europe has recorded the highest number of new HIV cases ever, and most of the growth came from eastern European countries, figures have shown.

Surveillance data released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe1 showed that 142 197 people had HIV newly diagnosed in 2014, the highest number recorded since reporting began in the 1980s. Some 77% of these new cases were diagnosed in the east of the region.

Since 2005 the rates of new diagnoses have …

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