Today marked the fight against aids - continued stigma in Denmark

well-heeled hiv-positive rubs off not, points to the Statens Serum Institut. Sunday marks the battle against aids. the World over will be marked on Sunday, Wo

Today marked the fight against aids - continued stigma in Denmark

well-heeled hiv-positive rubs off not, points to the Statens Serum Institut. Sunday marks the battle against aids.

the World over will be marked on Sunday, World Aids Day, there must be a focus on the fight against hiv and aids.

In Denmark, it is still men who have sex with men, which most commonly are infected with hiv, inform the Statens Serum Institut on its website. And although much has been done in Denmark, so there is still some way to go yet.

- Although there seems to be a decrease in the number of new hiv infections in this group, not least because of the newer prevention methods, there is still a long way to go before hiv infection among MSM (men who have sex with men, red.) is a thing of the past, says head of section Susan Cowan on the website.

According to the sektionslederen are aids and hiv infection remain shrouded in stigma.

Therefore, all men who have sex with men, not availed herself of the many opportunities that otherwise are in Denmark, says Susan Cowan.

Possibilities include effective prevention, frequent and free hiv-testing and the possibility of free and effective treatment soon after diagnosis.

- Therefore, this is a great desire, that both communities among MSM, as in members of the public will actively work against this stigma, which, among other things arising out of unjustified anxiety for hiv-positive.

- Here is the main message that the well-heeled hiv-positive are not contagious. Not through unprotected sex, says Susan Cowan on the website.

In Copenhagen marked the World Aids Day usually with 2000 lights on the Old Square or the tivoli amusement park in the middle of Copenhagen. Each light represents a person who died of aids in Denmark, informs the Aids Foundation.

this year, the lights are moved to the square next to the Trinitas Church. They are switched on at 15.

In Denmark, was last year diagnosed 159 persons with hiv. In addition, 59 persons, who had already been diagnosed with abroad, diagnosed.

49 of the 159 that got the diagnosis, are immigrants who were infected before they came to Denmark.

According to the UN programme Unaids live approximately 40 million people with hiv worldwide, of whom about eight million do not know they are infected.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 01 December 2019, 14:00

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