Almost 90% of Moldovan HIV carriers are young people; 704 new cases in 2010
Over 87% of the HIV carriers in Moldova in 2009 are aged between 15 and 39. A recent sociological study shows that the most affected are the young persons who are in their fertile period. The report shows that the teenagers, sexually active and employable are among the groups of risk.
According to it, most of the HIV infected persons have learnt accidentally about the fact that they are virus carriers. The study proves that every third tested person was not informed that they will be tested for HIV. Some 1% of those infected decided to make the HIV test themselves. This shows that most of Moldovans are not confident they may be HIV-positive.
These persons deal with social and emotional issues caused by the negative attitude the society faces.
“More than two thirds of respondents said they are depressed and do not want to live; they don’t see their future too bright and they feel lonely,” the study proves. It also says that 40% of those infected are afraid to speak about their health problem to their family, colleagues or friends. As many claimed they experience troubled relationships with family members and work fellows.
HIV/AIDS infection is spread nationwide. Notwithstanding, the highest infection rate is registered in Balti city and Chisinau city, as well as Glodeni, Basarabeasca and Singerei districts.
The most common method of infection is by heterosexual intercourse – over 87% of the infected persons in 2010. Only 8% have been reported as getting infected from needles used for drugs consumption.
The study shows that in 2000 over 176 new cases of HIV infection were reported; a big hike was experienced in 2008 where 790 new cases have been registered. The data for 2010 shows a decrease – 704 new cases.