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Book and Media Reviews
August 16, 2006

HIV in Europe

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(7):869-873. doi:10.1001/jama.296.7.871

With the advent of effective drugs, AIDS is now largely perceived as an African problem, but it is a growing problem in Europe. In recent years HIV has spread rapidly among injecting drug users in the East, and at the end of 2005, there were about 2.3 million people infected with the virus living in Europe. With time these people will require treatment, and fears remain of more widespread heterosexual transmission. The World Health Organization has produced a timely edited volume that puts HIV and AIDS in Europe in context, summarizing lessons learned during the last 25 years.