AIDS in Central Europe
The clinical pattern of AIDS was first described in 1981. Routine proof of an HIV infection did not become possible before mid-1985, although the virus was first described in 1983 . As a consequence, all epidemiological knowledge about AIDS and the HIV infection is merely a few years old. Nevertheless, it is astounding how much has been learned about the infection in such a short time. However, it has only recently been possible to improve documentation about the distribution of HIV in various parts of the world. A great deal still remains unclear. Any survey is based on the current state of observation, and this may already be outdated after a few months; by the time AIDS statistics are published, they are already outdated. Even so, the recorded number of existing AIDS cases provides important information and often constitutes a basis for further activities.
KeywordsIntravenous Drug User Heterosexual Transmission Share Syringe Heterosexual Population Epidemiological Knowledge
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