Increase in HIV diagnoses in people over 50 in Europe


A new study has discovered that every six cases of HIV in Europe are recognized in people over the age of 50. Between 2004 and 2015 the statistics of new HIV diagnoses grew by 2.1 percent every year in this age group with people over 50 reckoning 17.3% of new HIV cases found in Europe in 2015.

Specialists declare sexual health programs should progressively target this population and the younger people. Lara Tavoschi, a scientific officer at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said that a steady increase in the number of HIV diagnoses in the older population in the region. The course of transference was mostly heterosexual and that we need to expand awareness campaigns in older population.

The procedural annual inspection data from 31 countries, described to the European Surveillance System between 2004 and 2015, where the team at the ECDC examined a new HIV diagnoses among people aged 15 and above.

The percentage of HIV diagnosis among individuals over 50 intensified 16 countries, including Germany, Ireland and Belgium, and reduced in just one country, Portugal. Percentage was highest in Estonia, Latvia and Malta, where there were more than seven new cases per 100,000 older populations by 2015. Also there was a steady increase in younger population aged 15 to 49 years.

However, in some countries like UK and Norway, new diagnoses was carried out among younger people but raised in the over-50 population, with more than 3.6% increase in the newly diagnosed HIV cases each year in both of these nations.


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