Greece faces spike in HIV among drug users

GREECE has reported an “unprecedented upward shift” in newly diagnosed HIV among its injecting drug users (IDUs).

There have been 113 HIV notifications among IDUs during the first seven months of 2011, a higher than 10-fold increase on previous years and the most since the start of the epidemic.

Total HIV notifications in Greece have recently numbered 550–650 per annum, mostly involving sexual contact between gay men.

“We anticipate an approximate increase of 55–60% in the total annual number of reported cases by the end of 2011,” the authors said.

Eurosurveillance 2011, online 8 Sept