HIV Cases Rising in Czech Republic

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The number of people contracting HIV in the Czech Republic has been increasing steadily for 15 years. During the past five years, the number of people infected has increased by 1,000. Men, both heterosexual and homosexual, are most at risk. They are six times more likely to have the virus than women. 

That said, compared to the rest of the world and to Europe, the Czech Republic is among countries with a low incidence of infection. 

Over the past 10 years, the medical capability to treat the disease has improved significantly. It can now be treated effectively when diagnosed. However, non-profit organizations fear that this is leading to people being less concerned with taking precautionary steps against infection and doctors warn that therapy is still unpleasant. 

Two HIV Centers currently operate in Prague that offer testing and treatment: Bulovce and the Central Military Hospital (ÚVN). 

Author: Jessica Kleyn


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