Over 600 HIV Positive People Registered in Czech Republic Last Year
March 13, 2003
The number of HIV-positive people in the Czech Republic is growing, with 601 people registered for HIV last year, of whom 163 had AIDS, Bulovka teaching hospital spokesperson Marie Stankova said Tuesday. Forty-nine new HIV cases were reported last year, two fewer than the year before. Foreigners living in the Czech Republic account for 178 HIV infections. The majority of HIV-positive people live in Prague. Stankova said estimates about the real number of HIV-positive people vary greatly, with some experts saying that it is twice the registered number, while others speculate it is as much as ten times the official figure. One-fifth of all registered HIV cases are women, and doctors have tallied 63 pregnancies for HIV-positive women. HIV-positive patients receive the newest AIDS drugs, paid for either by insurance companies or AIDS centers supported by the Health Ministry, or as a part of clinical programs, Stankova said.Adapted from:
Czech News Agency
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.