Welcome to the December 2018 Sexual Health & HIV Policy EUROBulletin.
Our eFeature in this edition is an interview with Claire Lightley, Head of Training at UK sexual health charity, FPA. For many years, FPA has worked to support the rights of people with learning disabilities to access information and support around relationships and sexual health. We spoke to Claire about FPA’s programme of work supporting professionals who work with people with learning disabilities.
New figures on the European HIV epidemic were released last month by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. The headline figures show that although new diagnoses are declining in the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA), the epidemic continues to grow in the east of the region. Late diagnosis remains a problem throughout the region.
The two sides of the European epidemic are also clearly seen in calculations of Europe's progress towards the 90-90-90 HIV targets. UNAIDS set goals for 2020: for 90% of all people with HIV to be diagnosed, for 90% of those diagnosed to be on antiretroviral therapy, and for 90% of those on treatment to have a suppressed viral load. In 2018, progress in the EU/EEA area stands at 86-91-92, but in the Europe and central Asia region as a whole, this falls to 80-64-86.
Other items to look out for in this edition include: new research presented to the HIV Research for Prevention conference and the HIV Glasgow meeting; the Minsk 2 statement on increasing access to medicines and diagnostic technology; new European HIV treatment guidelines; and The State of World Population report on access to reproductive choices around the world.
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