Streinu-Cercel: There are 12,732 HIV/AIDS patients in Romania, 524 of them new cases this year
The number of the Romanian HIV/AIDS patients has reached 12,732, with 524 of them being new cases found this year, Professor Doctor Adrian Streinu-Cercel, the manager of Bucharest-based Matei Bals National Institute of Infectious Diseases announced at a conference on Wednesday.
"The number of the HIV/AIDS patients alive is 12,732, out of 19,906 cases recorded during 1985-2014, with 6,540 deaths being recorded over the period", Streinu-Cercel said.
According to him, Romania has the highest number of long-term survivors in the 19-29 years age bracket, more than 50 percent of them "belonging to the legion of cases recorded between 1987-1990".
Streinu-Cercel stressed that 90 percent of the 12,732 persons infected with HIV/AIDS who are alive are those having been discovered as the virus carriers in the early 1990s, as the HIV infection incidence rate among the adult Romanians keeps low.
Matei Bals Institute manager underscored that out of the 524 HIV/AIDS cases discovered, 294 are new notified HIV infection cases and another 230 are new AIDS cases notified over Jan.-Sept. 30; also recorded were 146 deaths, he added.
"11,160 HIV/AIDS patients are on active records, with 304 of them being children aged up to 14. Furthermore, 8,846 are patients taking antiretroviral treatment, 8,629 of them being aged over 14", Streinu-Cercel explained.