Number of new AIDS cases drops by half in 2017 ({{commentsTotal}})

Blood being drawn for an HIV test.
Blood being drawn for an HIV test. Source: (Urmas Luik/Pärnu Postimees/Scanpix)

A total of 219 people were diagnosed with HIV and 20 with AIDS in Estonia last year, with the latter figure indicating a drop of just over 50 percent from 41 new AIDS cases diagnosed in 2016.

Of the new HIV cases, 94 were registered in Tallinn, 48 in Ida-Viru County, 33 in the city of Narva, 11 in Tartu County, 10 in Harju County, nine in Pärnu County, three each in Saare and Lääne-Viru Counties, two each in Võru, Lääne and Rapla Counties, and one each in Jõgeva and Viljandi Counties, it appears from Health Board data.

Of those diagnosed with AIDS this year, 10 live in Tallinn, three in Narva, two in Pärnu County and one each in Harju, Ida-Viru, Järva, Lääne and Saare Counties.

In 2016, 229 people were diagnosed with HIV and 41 with AIDS in Estonia. Since testing began in Estonia, a total of 9,711 persons have been diagnosed with HIV and 514 have developed AIDS.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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