6.6pc more new HIV infections in Belgium
22 May 2006, BRUSSELS — The number of new HIV infections, these virus that causes AIDS, rose by 6.6 percent in Belgium last year, the Academic Institute of Public Health said.
22 May 2006
BRUSSELS — The number of new HIV infections, these virus that causes AIDS, rose by 6.6 percent in Belgium last year, the Academic Institute of Public Health said.
The institute said on Sunday, AIDS Memorial Day, that there are 2.9 new infections diagnosed in Belgium every day.
It said there were 1,066 new cases of HIV infection diagnosed last year, compared with 984 in 2004.
A spokesman from the Flemish sexual health centre Sensoa said the number of new HIV infections among Belgian nationals fluctuates between 200 and 270 per year.
Men accounted for about 85 percent of new infections last year. Three in four men are infected with HIV via gay sex.
However, women account for 54 percent of new infections among immigrants. Almost all of these infections occur via heterosexual sex.
In contrast to the native Belgian community, the number of new HIV infections among the immigrant community is declining.
Immigrants account for about 500 new infections each year.
Sensoa said the nationality is unknown in about a third of new HIV infections in Belgium.
Worldwide, some 4.9 million people contracted HIV last year, including 700,000 children.
There are now 40.3 million HIV patients across the globe. Africa is the hardest hit region with an estimated 23.8 to 28.9 HIV infections.
A total of 3.1 million people died of AIDS last year, 2.4 million of them among the black communities in Africa.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news