Increasing Number Of Hungarians With HIV

  • 5 May 2016 9:00 AM
Increasing Number Of Hungarians With HIV
Every year the number of people infected by the HIV virus has been rising in Hungary, the daily Magyar Nemzet said, quoting an infectologist. Around 300 new cases are registered each year, János Szlávik, chief consultant at St István and St László hospitals, said, adding that currently 1,700 people have to be screened regularly for HIV.

It is assumed that there are “very many” undiscovered cases, he said. It is estimated that 4,000 people carry the virus in Hungary and that half are unaware of their state, he added.

Each year there are around 40- 50 cases that have advanced to AIDS, Szlávik said. Based on Central Statistical Office (KSH) data, by 2014 there were 2,845 HIV infected registered in the country.

Szlávik said the number was unreliable since it contained deceased and migrants diagnosed with the virus in Hungary in the data.

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