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[Health Protection Surveillance Centre] World AIDS day. (01 Dec 2011)

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World AIDS Day is commemorated on December 1st each year and is a key opportunity to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. World AIDS Day is an important reminder that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

UNAIDS took the lead on World AIDS Day campaigning from its creation until 2004. From 2004 onwards the World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee began selecting a theme for World AIDS Day in consultation with civil society, organisations and government agencies involved in the AIDS response.
World AIDS Day 2011 is about “Getting to Zero.” Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths. Backed by the United Nations the “Getting to Zero” campaign runs until 2015. For December 1st 2011 right up until 2015 it's envisioned that different regions and groups will each year chose one or all of the Zeros that best addresses their situation.
Further information on the World AIDS campaign and World AIDS Day 2011 can be found at: http://www.worldaidscampaign.info/
The latest report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) reveals that there were 152 new HIV diagnoses in Quarter 1&2 2011. This is less than the number reported in Q1&2 2010 (166) and Q3&4 2010 (164).
Of the 152 cases diagnosed in Q1&2 2011,
  • 9.2% of HIV infections were in 15-24 year olds and 25.0% were female.
  • The highest number of cases was reported among men who have sex with men (MSM) accounting for 39.5% of newly diagnosed cases.
  • Heterosexual contact accounted for 27.6% of new diagnoses. Among the heterosexual cases, 35.7% were among individuals originating from countries with generalised epidemics. 19% were diagnosed in individuals with a partner originating from a country with a generalised epidemic, with a partner known to be HIV positive or a partner who is an injecting drug user (IDU).
  • 7.9% of newly diagnosed cases were among IDUs.
  • Ireland was identified as the country of birth for 50 new cases (32.9%). Information on country of birth was not known for 33% of cases.
  • 14 (9.2%) were diagnosed with an AIDS defining illness at the time of their HIV diagnosis and 63 (41.4%) were asymptomatic.
The full Quarter 1&2 2011 report from HPSC can be viewed here.
Item Type:News
Source:Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Date:1 December 2011
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health-related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > HIV prevention
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > HIV infection

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