Budapest, May 4 (MTI) – Every year the number of people infected by the HIV virus has been rising in Hungary, the daily Magyar Nemzet said on Wednesday, quoting an infectologist.
Around 300 new cases are registered each year, János Szlávik, chief consultant at St Istvan and St Laszlo hospitals, said, adding that currently 1,700 people have to be screened regularly for HIV, though this figure rises by 300 every year.
It is assumed that there are “very many” undiscovered cases, he said. It is estimated that 4,000 people carry the virus in Hungary and that half are unaware of their state, he added.
Each year there are around 40-50 cases that have advanced to AIDS, Szlavik said.
Based on Central Statistical Office (KSH) data, by 2014 there were 2,845 HIV infected registered in the country. Szlavik said the number was unreliable since it contained deceased and migrants diagnosed with the virus in Hungary in the data.