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Annual report of the German AIDS Foundation: More HIV infections in big cities

According to a survey by the German AIDS Foundation, the number of new HIV infections in large German cities is particularly high. Most newly infected people are in Cologne.

Large cities more affected According to current statistics, the inhabitants of large cities are most often affected by new HIV infections. The number of Germans living with the virus is generally increasing because the chances of survival for those affected would improve. In the past year, the cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Cologne, Mannheim, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden had more than ten initial HIV diagnoses per 100,000 inhabitants. This was announced by the German AIDS Foundation on Friday in Bonn when it presented its 2012 annual report.

Fewer deaths thanks to therapeutic options With 12.29 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants, the number is highest in Cologne. Stuttgart (12.23) and Hamburg (11.40) are slightly behind. In Munich and Essen it is just under 10. In Germany, there were only around 550 AIDS-related deaths in 2012 thanks to the good therapeutic options. The total number of people living with HIV in Germany continues to increase in view of 3,400 new infections in the same period.

Number of donations increased According to the foundation, the above figures roughly reflect the geographical distribution of aid. In 2012, the income of the German AIDS Foundation amounted to over 3.82 million euros, mainly from donations, donations and investment income. The income, which was also achieved through charity events, remained at a stable level overall. The number of donations increased by 16 percent compared to the previous year. On the expenditure side, aid, education and anti-discrimination work totaling 2.27 million euros. The foundation was able to increase its donations slightly compared to the previous year (2.13 million euros).

Women and the unemployed need more help Last year, the German Aids Foundation processed around 1,970 help requests. A total of 2,233 people with HIV or AIDS were supported through the granting of individual and project aid. It was said that the proportion of applications made by women was particularly high at 45 percent. According to the Robert Koch Institute, women make up only 19 percent of those who are HIV-positive or AIDS-infected. At 85 percent, the vast majority of applicants were unable to work and relied on transfer payments.

Most aid payments for North Rhine-Westphalia and Berlin
According to the foundation, most aid payments went to North Rhine-Westphalia with 33.5 percent and to Berlin with 31.7 percent. Bavaria, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Hamburg followed. The individual aid was intended to secure the home and for medical care. The group and project aids, on the other hand, primarily promoted recovery journeys for seriously ill people, outpatient nursing care as well as work and qualification measures. Dr. Christoph Uleer and Dr. Ulrich Heide from the Board of Directors of the German AIDS Foundation explained: “Since many sick people do not have sufficient basic public services to solve their specific problems, we have to help. Therefore, the foundation's support through private donations is still urgently needed. "

Deutsche Aids-Stiftung The German Aids Foundation is the largest aid organization in Germany. The people affected by the organization have been helping and providing material support for 25 years. In Germany, the foundation supports projects such as assisted living. In addition, selected aid projects have been funded since 2000, such as for AIDS orphans, adolescents, mothers and their children, especially in southern Africa, such as the DREAM program in Mozambique and HOPE Cape Town in South Africa. (ad)

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