Less cases of new HIV infections in recent years in Greece

According to recent reports, new HIV diagnoses recorded in Greece over the last 5 years have been decreased and epidemiological observation numbers are now returning to levels before 2010. In 2016 we had 639 new diagnoses and in the first ten months of 2017, the number of the new diagnoses was 492.

These figures were made public by experts at a press conference on the occasion of the 29th PanHellenic AIDS Meeting, but stressed that there was no room for complacency.

However, apart from the good news they said, there are also problems related to the disease in Greece. Over the past year and a half, HIV positive people have been in a state of insecurity about their health and concern about the possible exposure of their sex partners to the HIV virus. This is because tests for viral load measurement and genotypic resistance are now only in urgent cases due to lack of reagents in the laboratories of the four reference centers in the country. The problem is particularly acute in Athens and Thessaloniki for viral load tests and across Greece for genotypic resistance. So people living with HIV are not able to determine their health status and if they still do not transmit the virus.

New infections

According to the recent HCDCP epidemiological report, the majority of new diagnoses refer to the 30-39 age group,  and the male sexual intercourse remains the main way of the virus transmission, with a drop in the percentage of new cases infected through intravenous drug use. It is worth noting that no case of vertical transmission of the virus from a pregnant mother to the child was reported in 2017 (until the 31st of October 31).

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