It was stated that HIV cases continue to increase in Europe. According to the recent data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, more than 136.000 new HIV cases were diagnosed across Europe and Central Asia in 2013. This represents an 80% increase compared to 2004, when almost 76 000 new cases were diagnosed. While reported AIDS cases showed a steady decline of 48% in the European Union and European Economic Area in the past decade, the number of people newly diagnosed with AIDS increased more than thre times in EECA
Europe's HIV response falls short in curbing the epidemic: 80% more new HIV cases compared to 2004.
“Europe has not managed to reach the 2015 Millennium Development Goal target to halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and time is running out. While we are increasingly facing emerging health threats, this reminds us that we cannot afford dropping our guard on HIV/AIDS,” WHO Regional Director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab stated.
The new WHO Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations were released in July 2014. The guidelines outline steps for countries to reduce new HIV infections and increase access to HIV testing, treatment and care for five key populations.
Every year, December 1 is celebrated with the aim of awareness about HIV / AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity against pandemic .