Number of New AIDS Cases in Spain Declines for Fifth Consecutive Year in 2004
About 200 fewer people were diagnosed with AIDS in Spain in 2004 than were diagnosed in the country in 2003, a decline of 10.7%, according to a report released on Friday by the country's Ministry of Health, Spain's El Pais reports. About 2,034 people in Spain were diagnosed with AIDS in 2004, of which 77.2 % were men and 22.8% were women. About half of the people newly diagnosed likely were infected through unprotected sexual intercourse, according to the report. In addition, the number of people newly diagnosed declined in every "risk grou[p]" between 2003 and 2004, including a 13.6% drop among injection drug users. The drop in newly diagnosed cases marks the fifth consecutive decline in the number of new AIDS diagnoses in Spain, which has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Western Europe, according to El Pais. The number of new cases has declined amid an "intensification" of HIV/AIDS public awareness campaigns and more HIV testing in the country, El Pais reports (El Pais, 3/19).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.