On December 1, the international society observes the World AIDS day. Designated on 1 December every year since 1988, it is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education measures on AIDS prevention and control.
Sady, Ukraine remains one of the leaders for the number of people with "positive" AIDS status in Europe. Aids.ua web portal quotes the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, which points out that 'during the four months of 2018, 5,764 new cases of HIV infection were registered (783 of them are amongst children under 14 years old)'.
'Altogether 321,382 new cases of HIV infection were officially registered in Ukraine since 1987. Since 1987, 46,024 died from AIDS associated diseases in Ukraine. Ukraine keeps the leading position in Europe in terms of new HIV infection cases. According to UNAIDS experts’ assessment about 240,000 people in Ukraine live with HIV/AIDS', the Public Health Center added.
According to aids.ua, in 2019, more than one million rapid HIV tests will be delivered to Ukraine. Ukrainians will be able to request this test from their family doctors or visit mobile or in-patient testing sites to get tested.