Experts warn of ‘worrying’ increase in HIV infections in Greece

Experts on Tuesday warned of an alarming increase in HIV infections in Greece, particularly among intravenous drug users, as the country struggles through a debt crisis that has led to deep cuts in health care and drug treatment programs.

A report released in Lisbon by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) on Tuesday, showed that while the number of new HIV infections attributed to drug use across Europe fell, Greece and Romania showed a spike in new infections.

Experts called the trend in debt-hit Greece a “worrying observation.”

“This emphasizes the continued need to consolidate responses, especially with respect to harm reduction and effective drug treatment, if Europe is to continue to see a decrease in problems in this area,” the report said.