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New research published this week in the “Lancet” shows a sharp upward trend in HIV diagnosis rates among adults over 50 in Europe. What explains this alarming increases, and how can we reduce transmission risk? Conducted by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the study examined the diagnoses rates of 31 European countries via their collected health data, exploring trends between the 2004 and 2015. The researchers also compared the trends by age, looking at HIV diagnosis rates among adults over 50 with those of 15- to 49-year-olds. Researchers found that, during the monitoring period, HIV diagnoses rates were higher among the older adults, significantly increasing over time. (photo Malta harbor)
The highest increases in HIV infection occurred in Estonia, Latvia, Malta and Portugal, but the UK, Ireland and Germany also experienced significant increases. What’s more, while the rate of new diagnoses remained relatively steady among the 15 to 49 age group, there was a significant year-on-year increase of 2.1 percent for the older age group in 28 of the European nations. While we know that certain communities — like men who have sex with men, or MSM – face stubborn HIV rates, these individuals were not the only ones impacted by this rise. HIV infection rates increased among MSM in both age groups during the 2004 to 2015 review, but the majority of the cases resulted from heterosexual sexual encounters. In younger people, rates went down, while they remained constant among the older group. And while HIV cases related to intravenous drug use decreased among young people, they actually increased in the older group.