The reports were highest in the Eastern European region at 130,000.
"If you look at the late diagnosis rates, which are still quite high, that tells us that there's still much more to be done", said Matthew Hodson, executive director of NAM, a British HIV/Aids information charity.
Nearly 160,000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Europe a year ago, with three-quarters of the new cases arising in Ukraine and Russian Federation, two European health agencies said on November 28. Injecting drugs and heterosexual intercourse are the most common reasons for the transmission of the disease in this region.
Russian Federation and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts said on Wednesday, after data showed a record number of new cases past year. As many as 11.81 lakh people are on anti-retroviral treatment in the country, according to the HIV estimations 2017 report released recently by National AIDS Control Organisation and ICMR-National Institute of Medical Statistics, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India recently.
HIV remains a major public health concern, affecting more than 2 million people in Europe, especially in the eastern regions like Russian Federation, according to a new study.
Emphasising the role of HIV testing services towards achieving the 2030 target for AIDS free nation, the VP said "The role of HIV testing services and supporting people living with HIV to live life positively can not be over-emphasised". He said that it was also crucial to achieving the targets and empowering people to make choice about HIV prevention so they could protect themselves and their loved ones.
"Treatment has proven to be a prevention", he explained, and it helps suppress the virus, preventing people from infecting others.
The key routes of transmission remain to be sexual contact involving men who have sex with men (MSM) and sexual contact between men and women. The report calls the rates in Eastern Europe "disproportionately higher".
The figures were published on Tuesday to commemorate World Aids Day, the theme of which is 'Know your Status'. "Policies that reduce social marginalisation, stigma and discrimination are needed as are increased funding for prevention and testing..."
The number of Russian men who were infected with HIV through having sex with another man more than doubled to 695 between 2008 and 2015, according to official data.
In Canada, it remains a criminal offence not to disclose one's HIV-positive status in consensual sex if a condom is not used.
According to information provided to the Lusa agency by the municipality, the initiative "Lisbon, city without AIDS" will launch this campaign, which starts with a collaboration between the "Lisbon Chamber and the Group of Activists in Treatments, with the support of the Directorate- General for Health, the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo and other associations and entities working in the area of HIV and AIDS".