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Ukraine plagued by one of the largest HIV epidemics in Europe

AIDS is on the rise in the Ukraine
AIDS is on the rise in the Ukraine
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This weekend saw the 30th anniversary of the World Aids Day, to show support for people living with the virus.

To mark the day, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe have released the latest data on HIV rates across Europe.

The WHO report on HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe in 2018 (based on data from 2017) found two countries alone — Ukraine and the Russian Federation — accounted for 75% of all newly diagnosed infection cases in the WHO European Region, and for 92% of cases in the east.

In Ukraine, HIV discrimination and stigma is still common. And due to the conflict in the country, cases of HIV are on the rise. Families are struggling to cope with the shortage of medicine as most international medical organisations have been banned from delivering aid.

Euronews Correspondent, Elena Cavallone has more: