UNAIDS official warns of rising HIV rates in Europe
October 08 2005 12:00 AM ET
Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS executive director Peter Piot
is warning European governments that they must immediately
take steps to fight rising HIV infection rates in a
number of European Union nations, Agence France-Presse
reports. Speaking Monday in Lisbon, Portugal, Piot
said the number of HIV cases has nearly doubled in Western
Europe since 1996, with young people at especially
high risk. The largest increases in HIV rates were
seen in the former Soviet republics of Latvia, Lithuania,
and Estonia, which joined the European Union in 2004,
Piot said, but he noted that HIV rates are increasing
in nearly every Western European country.
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