23 September, 2014 12:50

Statistics on HIV/AIDS in Ukraine on 01.09.2014

During the eight months of 2014 - 13 737 new cases of HIV infection were registered (2 485 of them are amongst children under 14 years old). Altogether 258 953 new cases of HIV infection were officially registered in Ukraine since 1987 (43 225 were registered among kids). Since 1987 - 34 108 died from AIDS associated diseases in Ukraine, with 400 cases of death amongst children. Ukraine keeps the leading position in Europe in terms of new HIV infection cases. According to UNAIDS experts’ assessment about 270,000 people in Ukraine live with HIV/AIDS. And only every second person knows about his or her diagnosis.

Since 2008 the main cause of HIV transmission was sexual contacts. In 2005 only 33% of those newly infected got HIV through sexual contacts, and in 2012 the percentage grew up to 51%. For the first time in the history of AIDS epidemic, transmission via sex accounted for more than a half of all cases of HIV transmission in Ukraine. Today most of the newly – registered cases of HIV infection are amongst young people aged from 15 to 30.

Every year a number of newly registered HIV cases has been steadily increasing in Ukraine, though since 2005 the growth of new HIV cases (epidemic acceleration) started decreasing yearly:  there were 15,6% increase in 2005 compare to 2004, and only 3,4% increase in 2011 compare to 2010.

In 2012 number of new HIV cases has dropped for the first time in the history of Ukraine – according to official statistics in 2012, HIV infection spreading rates (the number of new cases of HIV infection) turned out to be lower than in 2011. The positive result was achieved due to number of national programs aimed at the most at risk population and due to massive information campaigns on AIDS prevention in media.


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Data source: Ukrainian Center for AIDS Prevention of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

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