October 29, 2009
In a call for Europe to continue fighting AIDS, the European Commission warned on Monday that almost one in three people with HIV do not know they are infected. Commission figures indicate that the number of people living with HIV in the 27 EU nations and neighboring countries rose from 1.5 million in 2001 to 2.2 million in 2007. Among persons ages 15 to 49, HIV prevalence rates range from less than 0.1 percent in some countries to more than 1.0 percent in others. "We need to encourage people to take responsibility for themselves and their partners by talking about and practicing safe sex and going for HIV testing," said EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou. "We need to continue the political momentum in the fight against HIV/AIDS." In 2007, 50,000 new HIV cases were diagnosed in the EU and its neighbors.