HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2018 - 2017 data

Surveillance report
28 Nov 2018
Publication series: HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Europe
Time period covered: 1 January - 31 December 2017

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, WHO Regional Office for Europe. HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2018 – 2017 data. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe; 2018.

This report is the latest in a series published jointly by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe that has been reporting data on HIV and AIDS in the WHO European Region and in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) since 2007.

Executive summary

HIV transmission remains a major public health concern and affects more than 2 million people in the WHO European Region, particularly in the eastern part of the Region. This report finds that while epidemic patterns and trends vary widely across European countries, nearly 160 000 people were diagnosed with HIV in the European Region in 2017, including 25 000 in the EU/EEA. The increasing trend in new HIV diagnoses continued for the Region overall, despite decreasing rates of new diagnoses in the EU/EEA. The report calls for urgent action for countries and areas (especially in the eastern part) to revamp their political commitment and scale up efforts to implement the Action plan for the health sector response to HIV in the WHO European Region. 


Publication data

Infographic: HIV and AIDS in Europe 2017

Infographic -
Period: 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017

Europe experiences a persistent HIV epidemic, with only little changes in notifications during the last decade in the EU/EEA. One reason for this: an estimated 120 000 Europeans are living with undiagnosed HIV in the EU/EEA, which means that about 1 in 7 of those living with HIV are not aware of their status. And it takes on average three years from HIV infection to diagnosis.