HIV infection rate drops to lowest in nearly a decade


The rate of new diagnoses of HIV infections is at its lowest in a decade, according to figures from the National Health Organization (EODY) made public on Wednesday by the Hellenic Society for the Study and Control of AIDS (EEMAA).

In the first 10 months of the year, 473 new infections were recorded, or 4.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 4.8 in 2010 and 9.2 in 2012, when infections peaked.

EEMAA said the rate of Greeks infected this year was much lower, at 266 cases compared to a range of 378-749 in the past 10 years.

The same trend does not apply to foreign nationals, with figures showing a 43 percent spike from 2015 to 2019.