Ukraine

Officially registered HIV cases  New HIV cases Co-infection of TB/HIV among new TB cases and relapses Officially registered AIDS cases Estimated hepatitis C cases Officially registered cases of sexually transmitted diseases
297,424 (1987-2016) 17,066 (2016) 6,637 (2015) 92,897 (1987-2016) ~1,170,000 According to the Ministry of Health, about 400 000 new cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, genitourinary candidiasis
and trichomoniasis are registered annually in Ukraine.

According to World Health Organisation/UNAIDS, Ukraine continues to be a region with a high HIV prevalence among countries in Central Europe and East Asia. As of July 1, 2017, there were officially registered 136,965 HIV-positive people and 41,524 patients with AIDS. The estimated number of people living with HIV is about 220,000 people. The response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine is regulated by the National Targeted Social Program to Fight HIV/AIDS in Ukraine for 2014-2018. Procurement of antiretroviral therapy (ARV) is carried out from the public budget funds and funds of the Global Fund. According to the official data, almost 84,000 people receive ARV therapy, and almost 10,000 people need it but do not receive it.

Combating tuberculosis is also among the priorities of the state policy of Ukraine in the field of health, social development and international commitments. In 2014, for the first time in its history Ukraine entered the top five list of the countries with the highest burden of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis worldwide. As of 2015, the number of tuberculosis cases was 41 thousand people with rate 91 per 100 000 people. A dramatic increase in the number of HIV/TB co-infections (5,572 cases in 2015) indicates an increase in the burden of HIV epidemic in the country.

Due to the WHO estimations, more than 5% of the population of Ukraine is infected with hepatitis C, which amounts to two million people. Officially, there are 48 thousand patients with hepatitis C who require treatment. For over two years, treatment of hepatitis C is available through the State Program. In 2017, Ukraine will manage to treat 2.5 times more patients with hepatitis than in 2016. It became possible due to the inclusion to the procurement nomenclature of modern drugs – daclatasvir and sofosbuvir/velpatasvir (direct acting drugs).

Most-at-risk adolescents (MARA) remain one of the vulnerable groups to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine. The estimated total number of MARA is 129,000 people (10-19 years old). Among them 21,700 are injecting drug users. They have a high level of sexual activity, practice frequent sexual partner change and risky sexual practices, but only every second of them (48%) can correctly identify ways to prevent HIV infection.

In 2017, Ukraine launched a medical reform. The state plans to change the approach to state financing of medical services drastically, but all the necessary laws have not been adopted yet.

OUR PARTNERS IN UKRAINE:

AFEW-Ukraine

International Charitable Foundation “AIDS Foundation East-West” (AFEW-Ukraine)
7B Bulvarno-Kudryavskaya Str., office 28
04053 Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel: +38 044 272 40 17, +38 044 272 40 27
E-mail: info@AFEW.org.ua
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