By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

For the third year in a row, Switzerland has reported less than 500 new HIV cases, according to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

An artist’s rendition of HIV (foreground). The knobs (purple) covering the virus are sugar-protein molecules, including gp120, that shield the rest of the virus (pink).
Image/National Cancer Institute

In 2019, 421 new cases were reported. The number of reported HIV diagnoses in Switzerland has been falling since 2002. There was a further decline in new HIV diagnoses in 2019. For the third time since the beginning of the HIV epidemic in the early 1980s, fewer than 500 cases were reported to the FOPH in one year. In the 1990s, the average was 1,300 cases per year.

When it comes to the goals of the United Nations for the so-called “HIV cascade”, Switzerland is well ahead internationally. The goals of the “HIV cascade” for 2020 are: 90% of all people with an HIV infection have a diagnosis (in Switzerland it is 93%), of which 90% are receiving medication (in Switzerland 97%) and 90% of these people have achieved the therapy goal and have such a small amount of virus in their body that they can no longer infect anyone (96% in Switzerland). Switzerland exceeded all goals.

The significant decrease in new HIV diagnoses over the past few years and the good results in the “HIV cascade” indicate that Swiss prevention is working. This includes not only the condom recommendations, but also testing and treatment: Groups of people who are particularly at risk can be tested at an early stage. As a result, more people with HIV can be treated early and therefore no longer pass the virus on.

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