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Portugal Has Highest HIV Infection Rate in European Union
Portugal has the highest HIV infection rate of the 15 countries in the European Union, according to the country's National Statistics Institute, Agence France-Presse/New York Times reports. Portugal, which has approximately 10 million residents, is also the only country in the European Union in which the rate of HIV infection is rising. Portugal's HIV infection rate rose from 88.3 infections per one million residents in 1999 to 104.2 infections per one million residents in 2000. The average rate of HIV infection among E.U. nations is 25 infections per one million residents. According to health authorities, intravenous drug use is the primary source of HIV infection in Portugal (Agence France-Presse/New York Times, 4/25).
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