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Highest number of new HIV cases registered in 2012

29 November 2012

Prague, Nov 28 (CTK) - The number of new HIV cases this year has been the biggest since the infection was first detected in the country in 1985, Vratislav Nemecek, head of the AIDS National Reference Laboratory that has registered 198 new cases since January, told journalists yesterday.

The biggest yearly figure, 180, was registered in 2010.

Experts say the rising number of patients is mainly due to that the fear of the disease has subsided, people cease to protect themselves, they are sexually promiscuous and travel more.

"yesterday we will probably exceed the 200 mark. The definitive test result of another two people is expected. The number is higher than any other whole year while December is still ahead of us," Nemecek said.

Tests have confirmed the infection in 1858 people - 1526 men and 332 women - since 1985.

About 30 percent of the patients are foreigners with a long-stay residence in the country.

Their proportion in the number of the infected has been rising in the past few years as more and more foreigners are coming to the country.

There are 363 people with a full-blown AIDS in the Czech Republic and 186 people have died of the disease.

The biggest number of people got infected through unprotected sex. Three fifths of the infected are men who had sex with another man - homosexuals and bisexuals. Another 27 percent of HIV positive people are heterosexuals.

Nemecek said some 15 percent of cases were confirmed in an early stage. Some 70 percent of cases were in the stage of infection without any symptoms. The rest of the infected people already had AIDS.

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