European Commission Warns Region's HIV/AIDS Epidemic Worsening, Calls for Increased Commitment to Fight Disease
September 9, 2004
The European Commission on Wednesday warned that the region's HIV/AIDS epidemic is worsening and called on member nations to increase efforts in the fight against the disease, the EUobserver reports (Ruuda, EUobserver, 9/9). In a new report, the commission calls for "a coordinated and integrated approach" to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, ensure access to treatment for lower-income people and develop new medications and vaccines, according to an European Union release. According to the report, the proportion of newly reported HIV cases in Western Europe has doubled since 1995, and some E.U. member nations and neighboring Eastern European countries have some of the highest HIV incidence rates in the world. "HIV/AIDS is not just a problem for Africa and the developing world. We have a serious epidemic beginning to resurface right here in parts of Europe. The E.U. must provide political leadership for the continentwide action needed to avert this," Commissioner Pavel Telicka said (E.U. release, 9/8). He added that leaders should make better use of the $1.5 billion that the European Union has designated for programs to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, BBC News reports (Lungescu, BBC News, 9/8). About 1.3 million HIV-positive people live in Europe, according to the Associated Press (Brand, Associated Press, 9/8).
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