Saturday, October 24, 2020
Home Life Style Health & Fitness More than Half of European Women Diagnosed at a Late Stage of...

More than Half of European Women Diagnosed at a Late Stage of HIV Infection: WHO

More than half of European women with HIV diagnosed late

More than half of European women, particularly those in their 40s, diagnosed at a late stage of HIV infection when their immune system is already starting to fail, says a new study by WHO, adding that they are three to four times more likely to be diagnosed late than younger women.

According to 2018 data released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, women accounted for one-third of the 1,41, 000 new HIV diagnoses in the region, indicating that this population needs more attention in Europe’s prevention and testing efforts.

“Late diagnosis in women indicates that gender-sensitive counselling and testing, including information about sexual health, is not reaching this population. It’s time to end the silence about sexual health, especially when it comes to HIV, and ensure that women are well informed and enabled to protect themselves,” said Piroska Ostlin, WHO Regional Director for Europe ad interim.

“If we are to achieve universal health coverage, we need to improve prevention, treatment and care for women and reduce missed opportunities for testing those vulnerable to HIV in health facilities and in the community,” Ostlin added.

WHO- HIV
The regional director of WHO said that the treatment and care for women with AIDS needs to be improved. Lifetime Stock

The HIV epidemic in the region is driven by a persistent problem with late diagnosis, and this affects 54 per cent of known cases among women, said the study published in the journal Eurosurveillance.

Such proportions of late diagnoses are partly a result of relatively low HIV testing coverage and uptake in the region and are an indication that sexual risks, including HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, are not being adequately addressed with older adults.

Two-thirds (60 per cent) of the HIV diagnoses among women in 2018 were in the age group 30-49 years old. Heterosexual sex was the most commonly reported HIV transmission mode (92 per cent) among women in the Region.

Countries in central Europe reported almost six times fewer diagnoses among women compared to men in 2018, and three times fewer diagnoses among women than men were reported in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA).

The only exception is the eastern part of the region, where there is a more even distribution between women and men, and where 86 per cent of the almost 50,000 cases among women were reported in 2018.

Also Read- Foodies Must Try These Dishes from the Streets of Kolkata

“Too many people living with HIV are still not aware of their status. The sooner women and men know of their HIV status, the sooner they can be put on antiretroviral treatment and halt transmission of HIV sexually,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

“We must all ramp up our efforts to halt and reverse the HIV epidemic in order to achieve our Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” Andriukaitis added. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,778FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Consumption of Dietary Soy Decreases Risk of Dementia

Researchers have found that metabolite produced following consumption of dietary soy may decrease a key risk factor for dementia--with the help of the right...

Maintaining Social Etiquettes During the Festive Season

The festive season brings together people from all walks of life, this 'coming together' is what imparts cultural and linguistic integration amongst all communities;...

Anxiety Due to COVID Causing Body Image Issues

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that anxiety and stress directly linked to COVID-19 could be causing a number of body image issues...

Ashtottaram 21: OṀ GOPŪJĀBHŨMYAI NAMAH

Ashtottaram 21 21) OṀ GOPŪJĀBHŨMYAI NAMAH:                      OṀ (AUM) -GO-POO-JAA-BHOO-MYAI— NA-MA-HA                      ॐ गोपूजाभूम्यै नमः                      (Gopūja: 'Cow worship') There is an Indian proverb that says that the joys of the world...

Antiviral Remdesivir Receives FDA Approval for COVID Treatment

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age...

Excess Meat and Dairy Diet Leads to Cancer Risk

An international team of researchers has identified a direct molecular link between meat and dairy diets and the development of antibodies in the blood...

Aspirin May Lower the Death Risk of Severe COVID Patients

Researchers have claimed that hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were taking a daily low-dose aspirin to protect against cardiovascular disease had a significantly lower risk...

Misuse of Underground Water to be Punishable Offense

Wastage and misuse of potable water and groundwater will, henceforth, be a punishable offense in India. In an important step in groundwater preservation in the...

Recent Comments