More people diagnosed as HIV positive

AFTER some quieter years, a record number of newly HIV-infected patients appeared in the past two years.

HIV testHIV test (Source: Sme)

Last year, the figure stood at 83, while two years ago, it was just half of that number (in 2013, it doubled to 80). Moreover, all the newly diagnosed people with HIV are Slovak citizens; which was usually not the case in the past.

In four cases, the virus progressed into AIDS, and two people died of this diagnosis in 2014. In the long term, most HIV-infected are registered in Bratislava Region.

For the treatment to be effective, the infected person has to undergo examinations at least twice a year. However, last August the National Referential centre fro HIV/AIDS stopped doing them – due to lack of financing, the Sme daily wrote on June 8. Currently, the examinations have been renewed and the waiting time for results is just two weeks.  

Since the infection has been detected and registered in 1985, totally 725 cases of HIV were recorded, 595 of that being Slovak citizens. In 78 cases, it caused AIDS and so far, 53 people have died of it.

These data stem from the National Programme of HIV/AIDS Prevention, prepared by the Public Health Office, which has been tabled for comments by other states bodies, Sme wrote. 

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