In raw figures the number of newly diagnosed cases reported in the UK last year is by far the highest at 8,925 followed by 5,750 in France and 2,718 in Germany. But as a proportion of population, Estonia comes out top. The lowest rate in the latest survey is in Slovakia, where 27 new HIV/AIDs cases were reported last year.
ECDC spokesperson, Ben Duncan, said “In Western European countries like the UK and France one of the main drivers of new cases was people migrating from areas of the world with HIV epidemics. Another big driver has been the increase in cases among men who have sex with men. Clearly, our prevention efforts are not having the desired effect – the safe sex message doesn’t seem to be having the impact we would hope.”