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World AIDS Day 2014

World AIDS Day is a global health day introduced by the World Health Organization in 1988. It is observed on 1 December each year and aims at raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by HIV infection. The international symbol of HIV awareness and support is a red ribbon. 

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, ECDC launches the latest surveillance data on HIV in the European Region. The report, prepared jointly with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, presents data on HIV and AIDS for the whole European Region, covering a population of nearly 900 million people, of which around 508 million live in the EU/EEA.
The day is also an opportunity to disseminate information about the status of the HIV pandemic and to organise activities.
  • In the last decade, Europe’s response to HIV did not have a real impact as the number of newly diagnosed HIV infections has not gone down;
  • Sex between men is still the predominant mode of HIV transmission. MSM account for 42% of HIV infections in 2013, a 33% increase when compared to 2004, and are the only key population not to see a decline in new infections;

  • To successfully curb the HIV epidemic in Europe, response needs to be strengthened and tailored to each country’s specific needs.
Learn more:




HIV in the European Union
Ten years of data show that Europe is not curbing the epidemic. Infections among MSM continue to rise


"Talk HIV, test HIV”: first European HIV testing week
From 21 to 28 November, the European HIV testing week is taking place with more than 700 organisations across Europe hosting activities to increase awareness of the benefits of HIV testing

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