Number of HIV cases in Czech Republic rises sharply
The number of registered cases of HIV in the Czech Republic jumped rapidly: in the first four months of 2014 almost one hundred new cases were registered. Although the Czech Republic still has a relatively low incidence of the deadly virus, the rising number of cases is a cause for concern.
Ladislav Machala, the head of the AIDS Centre at Prague’s Bulovka Hospital, suggests several factors have contributed to the spike – chief among them promiscuity and a lack of fear of contracting the disease.
“The main factor continues to be promiscuous behaviour. But also, many newly-diagnosed young patients who come to me think we can treat HIV nowadays and that a cure should be available within a number of years... One reason [some people don’t take the threat seriously] is because they are no longer seeing their peers die… and it seems to them that people with HIV can live fairly normal and active lives.”
Particularly damaging over the last 15 years, Dr Machala and other professionals, say is that the country slumped when it came to a comprehensive AIDS prevention & awareness campaign. Funds were cut but cutting corners when it comes to prevention can only be a mistake. Dr Ladislav Machala again:
In the Czech Republic, men continue to outnumber women when it comes to HIV: 84 percent of the 2,221 HIV sufferers are males. Doctors continue to urge the all individuals, regardless of gender, to practice safe sex. But at this stage, with the numbers rising, many may be wondering if especially young people these days are getting the message.