25 February, 2013 16:49

For the first time in history of Ukraine AIDS retreats

For the first time in the history of Ukraine HIV/AIDS epidemic slowed down - according to the official statistics in 2012, the rate of HIV infection (number of new cases of HIV infection) were lower than in 2011. This is the result of national programs, which worked with vulnerable groups and massive information campaigns on prevention of HIV/AIDS. Ukraine has once again proved that prevention has been the most effective tool in the fight against AIDS.
For the first time in history of Ukraine AIDS retreats / Elena Pinchuk Foundation

Despite the fact that changes are not radical (in 2012 it was officially registered 20,743 new cases of HIV infection and that is 434 cases less than in 2011), they cannot be a coincidence. This is a reflection of the long-term tendency – the pace of the epidemic decreased for a bigger part of 2012 (9 months out of 12 - in the comparison with 2011). In addition, rate of new HIV (the acceleration of the epidemic) in Ukraine decreased five times since 2005, in 2005 compared with 2004 - plus 15.6%, in 2011 compared with 2010 - only 3.4 % of growth.


Also, for the first time in the Ukrainian history more than a half of new cases of HIV-infection (51% of all reported cases in 2012) occurred through unprotected sex. Sexual transmission is the primary route of transmission of immunodeficiency in Ukraine since 2008. Most HIV-infections in Ukraine registered today among young people under 25 years of age.

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