35% of Annual New HIV Infections in Spain Occur Among Immigrants, Researcher Says at Conference
October 10, 2008
Thirty-five percent of the 2,000 to 2,500 new HIV infections in Spain last year occurred among immigrants, Daniel Zulaika, president of the AIDS Interdisciplinary Society of Spain, said Wednesday at the XI National Congress on AIDS in Cordoba, Spain's El Pais reports. A focus of the conference, which will continue through Friday, is the increasing number of HIV/AIDS cases among the country's immigrant population (El Pais, 10/9).
The conference is being attended by nearly 1,000 HIV/AIDS experts -- including physicians, nurses, members of nongovernmental organizations, public health officials -- as well as some HIV-positive individuals. Zulaika said that in order to fight the disease, there should be efforts to adapt treatment within the health care system, especially in the area of sexually transmitted infections, adding that campaigns should be created to target the spread of HIV/AIDS among immigrants (EFE News Service, 10/8).
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