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.