Large Decrease in HIV Infection Rate in Iceland

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Large Decrease in HIV Infection Rate in Iceland

The number of people diagnosed with HIV in Iceland has dropped significantly. A total of three people have been diagnosed with the virus so far this year, down from 20 individuals in 2012.

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Landspítali National University Hospital (foreground). Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.

None of the three individuals are intravenous drug users whereas there has been a sharp increase in HIV infections among this group in recent years, ruv.is reports. Between 20 and 24 people were diagnosed with HIV each year from 2010 to 2012.

Research suggests that the treatment of HIV has led to a decrease in the spread of the virus.

According to Bryndís Sigurðardóttir, infectiologist at Landspítali National University Hospital, recent efforts to control the spread of HIV were introduced after the increase in the number of infections.

“We believe that there are still some individuals in this group of intravenous drug users who are possibly HIV positive without knowing it. It was carefully tracked and we tried to seek out who might possibly come into contact with those HIV-positive individuals,” she said.

There have been no reported new cases of AIDS this year and no one has died of the condition.

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