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HIV infections in the European region went up by over 10,000 in 2012 compared to the previous year, showing a “steady increase” according to a new report.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report there were 131,000 infections in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region, which includes Russia and several western Asian countries.

Almost 102,000 infections were in eastern European and Asian countries, which increased by 9% compared to the previous year.

By comparison, the European Union and European and Economic Area saw an increase of 1% – although half of these infections were diagnosed late.

ECDC Director Marc Sprenger says this means they need antiretroviral therapy to assist their immune system.

He added: “We need to make HIV testing more available across Europe to ensure earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment and care.”

The WHO want to see more testing and antiretroviral treatments provided in order to reach their own target, according to the Regional Director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakub.

She said: “While we are not at the end of the HIV epidemic in Europe; our goal of halting and reversing the spread of HIV by 2015 is still achievable in many countries.”

Cases of AIDS reported in the eastern part of the European Region more than doubled in 2012, linked to low coverage of prevention measures and antiretroviral therapy.

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