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AIDS around the world
Western Europe

While improved therapy and treatment have enabled people living with HIV to enjoy a greater quality of life, prevention efforts appear to be slowing down. There are signs that safer sex in homosexual communities is on the wane, while the level of intravenous drug use remains high. Another worrying trend among young people in several countries is less frequent condom use, and higher rates of sexually transmitted infections.

People with HIV:570,000
New HIV cases in 2002:30,000
Deaths from Aids in 2002:8,000
Children (under 15) with Aids by end of 2002:5,000
Source: UNAIDS, 2002

Aids deaths in 2001
Spain:2,300
Italy1,100
Portugal:1,000
Germany:660
UK:450
Source: UNAIDS, 2002

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