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Since the beginning of the Aids epidemic in the eighties have been infected worldwide, more than 77 million people living with HIV. The good news is the agencies said that the rate at which HIV diagnoses increased in 2017 slowed down.

More than 130,000 of the new diagnoses came from the eastern part of Europe.

The number of HIV treatment courses bought by the Russian government rose 37 percent to about 360,000 a year ago, according to the Treatment Preparedness Coalition, an NGO.

"We live in a context necessarily different from the imaginary of many people, since the treatments are very effective today". The HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2018 study shows that 84 of these cases were diagnosed in 2017. Globally, about 75% of people living with HIV/AIDs were diagnosed, the group says. "Our efforts must continue apace in order to eliminate HIV".

"While efforts to prevent new HIV infections are gradually showing signs of progress, we are not on course to meet the 90-90-90 targets by the 2020 deadline", said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director.

The WHO's European Region is made up of 53 countries with a combined population of almost 900 million.

The UK results represent a "great achievement", said Sarah Fidler, professor of HIV and communicable diseases at Imperial College London, who was not involved with the report. "It is important for our public health services to support easy and affordable access to testing and medical care for vulnerable groups at risk of HIV infection".

He added: "With an estimated 8,000 people still unaware of their infection, it is vital that people seek out an HIV test if they consider themselves at risk, or accept the offer of a HIV test by a healthcare professional, as early diagnosis is key to stopping transmission".

"People with HIV have a near-normal life expectancy if diagnosed early and treated promptly".

"A significant number of people are being diagnosed at a late stage, which means that the virus may have already had a significant impact on their health". There was also a reduction in diagnoses attributed to heterosexual transmissions involving people from countries with generalised HIV epidemics.

In the rest of the former Soviet Union, new cases of infected drug users have fallen 45 percent to 6,218 a year in a decade, while new cases of heterosexual transmission increased 59 percent to nearly 18,000. The figures make the United Kingdom one of the first countries to reach the UN's 90-90-90 targets, which urge countries to achieve a 90% success rate in the diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression of HIV, the health body says.