We have all we need to beat the HIV epidemic – except political will


The latest figures show that preventative efforts are working, if only governments are willing to put them into action, says Deborah Gold

HIV demonstration

Tackling HIV requires a change of attitude

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Newly released HIV figures for Europe and Central Asia illuminate a story of two epidemics. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the WHO Regional Office for Europe report that new diagnoses over the past 10 years have increased by 68 per cent in Eastern Europe and 121 per cent in Central Europe. There have been more than 137,000 new diagnoses across both regions in just the past year. Meanwhile in Western Europe, there has been a 20 per cent decrease in …

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