The decline in new hiv infection in the Netherlands continues, even twenty-aids deaths per year

The decline in new hiv infection in the Netherlands continues, even twenty-aids deaths per year

The number of hiv diagnoses in the Netherlands continues to decrease. In 2015, there is still a 941 new infections, detected by 2018, that number had fallen to 664. In doing so the Netherlands are ahead of other countries when it comes to reducing the incidence of new hiv cases.

That is, the Hiv Monitoring Foundation on Tuesday announced the. In the netherlands there are an estimated 23.300 people living with hiv / aids.

Of this group, to know that 92 per cent that they have been infected; the majority of this group is to be treated. The people who are on drugs, is at 96 percent, the hiv virus can be successfully suppressed.

This means that not only hiv patients with a good life expectancy, but, in addition, the virus can no longer be transferred to anyone else. Two-thirds of the new hiv infections are in men who have sex with men.

The Hiv virus breaks down the immune system, decreases

Hiv is a virus that takes a long time for the immune system, the body defends against viruses and bacteria and breaks down. If the hiv virus is not treated, the body is so much weakened that it is relatively simple ailments such as the common cold to kill. In this case, there is the issue of aids. In the Netherlands, given to hiv patients is a good medication for the hiv virus and neutralizes.

However, death in the Netherlands, every year about twenty people, and the impact of hiv / aids, mostly because of their infection too late to notice. This number decreases if you have a couple of years ago, it was fifty people a year. World-wide there are more than two thousand people a day die because they don’t have access to good quality medicines.

The United Nations has, in an international context, with the goal that, by 2030, aids is gone it should have been. The new data goes to the Netherlands ahead of our goals. With the introduction of the prep, an hiv-preventiepil that, since this year, due to the thousands of gay and bisexual men are being taken, is expected in the next years, contributing to a further decline.

‘Stigma is a fight among at-risk groups, that is, not tested

The Dutch aids foundation – Soa aids Nederland is going to consult with the health authorities and general practitioners for at-risk populations who are now, or be late for hiv testing and if they are having unprotected sex they have had. “With a more bespoke, we can reach the right people in the right places, and the stigma attached to hiv, to address,” says managing director, Mark Vermeulen.

It’s important for young gay men who know very well what the risks are, but are, nevertheless, some tests. Another group of hard-to-reach, are a straight or bi-men who sometimes have sex with other men. It is often seen to be men of any ethnic background. “Doctors can be more alert to any symptoms of, or for the group to engage in dialogue with them in order to help reduce the stigma around hiv and sex with other men, to break through,” says a spokesperson for the ngo Soa aids Nederland.


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