Today, an HIV infection is no longer a death sentence in developed nations. But there is still much work to be done.
The UNAIDS agency at the United Nations wants to draw attention to the need to fight the virus worldwide, to inform about how it is transmitted and how to protect yourself.
In Luxembourg, the number of infections in 2020 decreased by 20 percent compared to the previous year. 2021 has seen 32 new infections reported so far. However, the number of tests has also decreased by around 20 percent during the pandemic. These numbers were communicated in a joint statement by the Health Directorate, the Red Cross's HIV counselling service and the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs.
Luxembourg has been supporting UNAIDS financially since the beginning. The agency is mostly focused on the African continent, where the virus continues to spread. Six out of seven infections in sub-Saharan Africa affect young women between 15 and 24 years.