He underscored that the existence of a national programme for fighting the disease has made the situation to be kept under control and to record a low number of cases.
There were 16,077 combined cases reported in Romania on this Dec. 1, of whom 9,980 alive, while the combined HIV infection cases were 4,458, Streinu-Cercel announced. There are as many as 7,560 patients being given anti-retroviral treatment, he added.
The state secretary, who made the remarks at a news conference marking the International Day of the Fight Against HIV/AIDS, announced that there were 342 new cases over Jan. 1, 2008 – Jan. 1, 2009, which means Romania is in a ‘small infection area’.
He argued that the therapeutic success mirrors in the number of deaths. ‘We must make efforts so that what we have gained should not be lost’, the doctor cautioned.
The age bracket most affected by the disease is the adult aged between 20 and 24 years. Of the 342 new cases 147 are women and 195 men, with 13 children having been infected.
UNICEF representative in Romania Edmond McLoughney unveiled facts and figures relating the HIV/AIDS situation on a global level and praised the Romanian programme for the fight against HIV/AIDS. He insisted that the recession should not affect the patients’ access to treatment.
McLoughney voiced concern over the continuing increase in the number of those affected by the virus, to which adds the discrimination and stigma attached to the infected persons.