Rising levels of gonorrhea, syphilis, and sexually acquired HIV infections in western Europe since 1995 suggest that people and governments may have become complacent about prevention efforts, according to a new study by researchers in England and France (BMJ. 2002;324:1324-1327).
The researchers found that newly diagnosed cases of sexually acquired HIV infections increased by 20% in the 10 western European countries collaborating with the European Centre for the Epidemiological Monitoring of AIDS between 1995 and 2000. During that time, surveillance centers and other sources also reported increases in gonorrhea and syphilis infections.
Stephenson J. HIV Prevention Apathy?. JAMA. 2002;288(2):155. doi:10.1001/jama.288.2.155-JWM20007-3-1