Science&Tech Number of new HIV diagnoses decreased again By WeeklyNews staff Posted on November 11, 2018 2 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Around 750 people were told last year that they had become infected with HIV. These are fewer infections than in the previous year, when 820 new HIV diagnoses were added. The fact that the number of HIV patients has decreased further is shown by new figures from the HIV Monitoring Foundation on Thursday. It is estimated that 2,300 people do not know that they have HIV. “Too many people with HIV are coming too late to a doctor for treatment,” Aidsfonds and Soa Aids Netherlands state in a joint statement. “We are well on our way, but there are still strong challenges in stopping the HIV epidemic in the Netherlands.” In total, there are an estimated 23,100 people living with HIV in the Netherlands. It is mainly about men. Of the group in which HIV is diagnosed, only 18.4 percent of the female sex. 63.2 percent of this group is a man who has sexual contact with other men. There were a total of 192 minors with HIV last year. Virus successfully suppressed in most people In 95 percent of people in treatment, the virus is successfully suppressed. This means that the virus can no longer be found and it can therefore no longer be transferred. Most people are treated a few months after they are diagnosed. On Friday there will be a conference in Amsterdam on combating HIV from Aidsfonds and Soa Aids Nederland and six hundred professionals. The goal is for the Netherlands to become the first country with zero new HIV infections.