Slovakia recorded the highest number of new HIV cases last year

The country still belongs to the EU member states with the lowest HIV incidence, but numbers are rising.

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Slovakia recorded the historically highest number of new HIV cases last year. Altogether, there were 102 new HIV cases diagnosed, a significant portion of which were represented by foreigners.

An above-average number of new HIV cases was also recorded this year.

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“Slovakia belongs to the EU member states with the lowest HIV incidence, but we’ve recently witnessed the increase in the number of new cases, particularly in the case of homosexual men,” said chief hygienist of Slovakia, Ján Mikas, on World AIDS Day, which falls on December 1, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

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One of the reasons for the increase of recorded cases could be that more people go in for an examination, he added.

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