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Infections in Germany
At the end of 2012, around 78,000 people in Germany were living with an HIV infection. The estimated number of new infections that year was 3,400. There were also an estimated 14,000 undiagnosed people suffering from HIV (source: Robert Koch Institute, 2012). You can find current figures and further information directly on Berlin's Robert Koch Institute website.
According to a report by UNAIDS around 35 million people are living with HIV worldwide. Since the beginning of the epidemic, around 78 million people have been infected and around 40 million have died due to the consequences of infection. An estimated 240,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2013 by birth or breastfeeding. By comparison, in 2001 it was still 530,000 new infections (source: UNAIDS, 2013). You can find direct information at UNAIDS.
"It is to be assumed that in Germany a relevant number of children of HIV positive mothers, who themselves know nothing of their infection, are also infected. The consistent carrying out of HIV tests on pregnant women is intended to reduce these estimated figures, but is unfortunately not yet implemented across the country.
Worldwide this is an even bigger problem and many children die of the consequences of an HIV infection, particularly because often no HIV tests are carried out in developing countries. Other urgently threatening situations (famine, lack of basic medical supplies etc.) are in the foreground there. I estimate that up to two thirds of HIV-infected people worldwide are not diagnosed or diagnosed too late!"
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Ganschow (Director of clinic and polyclinic for paediatrics in Bonn, former head of the immunodeficiency clinic of the UKE in Hamburg)
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