New HIV Diagnoses Have Hit a Record High in Eastern Europe

November 29, 2018

(Quartz) – The United Nations has ambitious plans to end the global AIDS epidemic. Eastern Europe could be one of the plan’s biggest problems. A new report (pdf) by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that the rate of new HIV diagnoses in that region (which includes Eastern Europe and Central Asia) recorded more than 130,000 new diagnoses in 2017, the highest on record. Across the WHO’s European region overall—including Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia—160,000 people were diagnosed with HIV in 2017.

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