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The Battle Against HIV in Germany: Aiming for an AIDS-Free 2030

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Wojciech Zylm
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The Battle Against HIV in Germany: Aiming for an AIDS-Free 2030

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there are approximately 90,800 people living with HIV in Germany as of the end of 2021. The number of new HIV infections in 2021 was reported to be 1,800, a figure that has remained unchanged from the previous year. Saxony revealed a total of 148 new diagnoses in 2022, with the city of Leipzig accounting for 54 of these cases.

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Striving for an AIDS-free World by 2030

The World Health Organization (WHO) is ambitiously targeting to end AIDS by 2030 and to reach this goal, it has set several intermediate milestones. One of these targets includes ensuring that by 2025, 95% of people with HIV are aware of their infection. However, based on current RKI estimates, approximately 8,600 people in Germany remain unaware of their HIV status, representing 10% of all infected individuals.

The Importance of HIV Testing

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Dr. Aspasia Manos from the Leipzig Health Office emphasizes the crucial need to reach these 10% who are oblivious of their infection. The Leipzig Health Office, in conjunction with Leipzig Aidshilfe, offers low-threshold, anonymous testing services. Also, reliable HIV self-tests are available for purchase at pharmacies and drugstores. Sandra Bischoff from Aidshilfe Leipzig underscores that early detection and treatment of HIV are possible and effective medication can prevent the virus multiplication and progression to AIDS, thereby making it non-transmittable.

World AIDS Day and the Fight Against the Epidemic

Ambassador Dr. John Nkengasong discussed the 35th commemoration of World AIDS Day and the 20th anniversary of PEPFAR, highlighting the significant progress in addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. The discussion underscored the need for continued collaboration and collective action to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Additionally, the article sheds light on the complexities of managing infections in immunocompromised individuals, particularly those with HIV in the AIDS stage.

The Leipzig Christmas Market is scheduled to open from November 28 to December 23, 2023, marking the shortest duration of 26 days for the event. It serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining health and safety protocols while enjoying communal gatherings.

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