martes, 3 de junio de 2014

Agencies counted over 8,000 HIV infections in Colombia in 2013

The head of UNAIDS for Latin America, César Núñez has cited Colombia as third in the region in terms of new infections with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The UN's AIDS agency counted 8,208 reported cases of HIV infection in 2013, 5,958 of which were of men, Vanguardia Liberal reported on 2 June, citing the Colprensa agency. These excluded infected individuals unaware of their HIV status. The capital Bogotá was cited as having had most HIV infections, with 1,608 diagnosed cases, followed by the north-central department of Antioquia that includes Medellín (1,090) then Valle de Cauca (815). The UN estimated that 150,000 Colombians were living with HIV-AIDS in 2012. Mr Núñez said that regionally, annual HIV infections had fallen from 150,000 to 90,000 in the preceding decade. That was "very good as it represents a fall that has required more or less 10 years, but we should be at much less. We are talking of 8,000 new cases just in Colombia, which is still too high," he said.