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Free express testing week reveals no new HIV carriers

An HIV quick test.
An HIV quick test. Source: (Tiit Mõtus)

No new carriers of HIV were revealed among the 541 people to be express tested for the virus during a week of free testing in Estonia that ended on Friday.

Anonymous express tests, which provide results within minutes, were offered in eight towns and cities across Estonia from Nov. 17-24.

The highest numbers of people tested were in Tartu (135) and Tallinn (134). Another 92 people were tested in Narva, 77 in Pärnu, 53 in Jõhvi, 29 in Rakvere, 17 in Võru and four in Paide.

As of Nov. 24, a total of 207 new HIV carriers have been registered in Estonia this year. A total of 97 new cases were registered in Tallinn and Harju County, 78 in Ida-Viru County, including 33 in Narva, 10 in Tartu County, eight in Pärnu County, three in Lääne-Viru County, two each in Lääne, Võru and Rapla Counties, and one each in Jõgeva and Viljandi Counties.

Transmission of HIV through heterosexual contact is becoming increasingly common in Estonia, with 49.3 percent of new cases in 2016 attributable to heterosexual intercourse.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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