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Greece Celebrates Awareness on World AIDS Day

hiv-aidsWorld AIDS Day is held each year on the December 1 following a decision by the World Health Organization and the UN General Assembly to make it an annual event.
AIDS is caused by the HIV virus which is a virus of human immunodeficiency that infects the body and progressively destroys the immune system leaving it exposed to severe infections or various forms of cancers.
Despite the reduction in new diagnoses of HIV in Greece, the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) is looking to further their outreach to help prevent new cases of HIV and AIDS.
“Signs of decline in the number of new diagnoses of HIV, especially among people injecting toxic substances, does not mean in any way being complacent about the epidemic of HIV infection in our country,” the president of KEELPNO, Theofilos Rosenberg said on the occasion of today’s World AIDS Day.
On a positive note, in a statement to Rosenberg explained that the rate of new diagnosis of HIV cases among drug users has dropped considerably in the past couple of years in comparison to the great epidemic of HIV infection recorded in 2011-2013 in Greece which was greatly attributed to drug users using dirty needles.
Source: ANA-MPA

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