59 new HIV cases diagnosed in Estonia in early 2016

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4/10/2016 11:49 PM
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According to data from the Estonian Health Board, 59 new cases of HIV and 11 new cases of AIDS were diagnosed during the first three months of 2016.

The highest concentration of new HIV cases was in the capital of Tallinn, which has a population of approximately 440,000.

The city of Narva, with a population of approximately 58,000, and the rest of Ida-Viru County reported 8 and 14 new cases respectively, while two new cases each were reported in Saare County and the rest of Harju County, excluding Tallinn. One new case each was also reported in Lääne-Viru County and Viljandi County as well.

Five of the eleven new cases of AIDS were reported in Tallinn, two each elsewhere in Harju County and Saare County, and one each in Narva and Pärnu Counties.

In 2015, a total of 270 new cases of HIV and 19 new cases of AIDS were diagnosed in Estonia. Since HIV testing began in Estonia in 1987, a total of 9,322 persons have been diagnosed with HIV and 464 with AIDS across the country. According to World Health Organization standards, the rate of infection in Estonia has reached levels qualifying as epidemic.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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