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AIDS in Central Europe

  • B. Somaini
  • J. Bleuer
  • H. Vorkauf
Conference paper
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 112)

Abstract

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 [6]. 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 Any survey is based on the current state of observation, and this may already be outdated after a few months; by the time AIDS statistics are published, they are already outdated.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.

Keywords

Intravenous Drug User Heterosexual Transmission Share Syringe Heterosexual Population Epidemiological Knowledge 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Somaini
    • 1
  • J. Bleuer
    • 1
  • H. Vorkauf
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal Office of Public HealthBernSwitzerland

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