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Eleven New HIV Infections in Iceland

The number of individuals diagnosed with HIV in Iceland so far in 2014 numbers 11, ruv.is reports. Eleven infections were also recorded in 2013. According to Guðrún Sigmundsdóttir, chief physician at the Icelandic Directorate of Health’s Department of Communicable Disease Control, several individuals contracted and were diagnosed with the disease abroad.

The number of new infections is much lower than in 2011 when 23 new infections were recorded and in 2012 when 20 were recorded. Between 2010-2012, there was a sharp increase in HIV infections among intravenous drug users. Guðrún says that better access to clean syringes among drug users helped to bring the number of new infections down.

Around 180 people are living with HIV in Iceland. This figure is based on the number of people who are taking HIV medication in Iceland, ruv.is reports.

At the beginning of this year, a total of 35 million people worldwide were living with HIV. Less than a third have access to medication.

The 26th annual World Aids Day was held yesterday.

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