Although the rising rates of transmission due to heterosexual intercourse and careless use of unclean drug paraphernalia has been cited in the media as causing the rise, gay sex between men is still the main source of the virus spread.
Speaking of the rise in infections, World Health Organisation director for Europe Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab said: Despite all the efforts to fight HIV, this year the European Region has reached over 142,000 new HIV infections, the highest number ever… this is a serious concern”.
In a remarkable admission, the director named migrants travelling across Europe as being a particular risk for spreading HIV in the continent, reports The Independent. He blamed this on “social exclusion” felt by migrants which made them more likely to engage in risky behaviour, and the reluctance of many European nations to hand out free health care to transient populations.
A third of all new HIV diagnoses in Europe are to migrants and non-native Europeans, despite only accounting for a fraction of the population.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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