Meddelelse fra Kommisjonen til Europaparlamentet, Rådet, Den europeiske økonomiske og sosiale komite og Regionskomiteen: Bekjempelse av HIV/AIDS i EU og naboland 2009-2013
Meddelelse lagt fram av Kommisjonen 26.10.2009
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EU Member States and the European neighbouring countries face a high number of new HIV and associated infections and the resulting medical, social and economic consequences. 50 000 newly diagnosed HIV cases in the EU and the neighbouring countries alone in 2007 and an estimated 2 million people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) illustrate the serious dimension of the situation .
The Commission communication on combating HIV/AIDS of 2005  provided a policy instrument to address HIV/AIDS on a European level and has been the basis for EU action from 2006 to 2009. However, combating HIV/AIDS remains a public health concern and a political priority for the European Union and neighbouring countries. Effective treatments for HIV/AIDS are available but no cure. Intensifying prevention is therefore the key to combat HIV/AIDS, neglecting prevention is a waste of lives and resources. The Commission is committed to continue to combat the disease and puts forward a new Action Plan, further to the previous one, which comes to an end in December 2009.
This communication complements “A European Programme for Action to confront HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis through External Action (2007-2011)”, which covers external action related to developing and middle-income countries .
After three decades of HIV/AIDS there is still no room for complacency. The best response to the epidemic remains a combination of health specific and wider social interventions. People will continue to suffer unless prevention is accelerated and universal access to treatment, care and support is ensured for all people in need.
1 ECDC/WHO. HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Europe, 2007. Stockholm, 2008; and UNAIDS report 2008.
2 COM(2005) 654.
3 COM(2005) 179.