HIV/AIDS epidemic update

HIV/AIDS epidemic update

AIDS was first recognised in the USA in the early 1980s. In 1984, scientists identified HIV as the cause of AIDS. Since then, the global HIV/AIDS epidemic has become one of the greatest threats to human health. Although progress has been made in treating and preventing HIV infection, there are still an estimated 22,900 people in the Netherlands and over 35 million people worldwide living with HIV.

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Definitions explained

What's the difference between the terms 'new diagnosis' and 'new infection'? And what about 'entry into care'and 'new registration'? The table below explains the different terms used by SHM when describing the HIV epidemic in the Netherlands.

Monitoring report definitions


Stichting HIV Monitoring

Stichting HIV Monitoring (SHM) makes an essential contribution to healthcare for HIV-positive people in the Netherlands.  Working with all recognised HIV treatment centres in the Netherlands, SHM systematically collects coded medical data from all registered HIV patients. SHM uses these data to produce centre-specific reports that allow HIV treatment centres to optimise their patient care and obtain formal certification. SHM’s data also form the basis for the yearly HIV monitoring report and are used in HIV-related research in the Netherlands and internationally. The outcome of SHM’s research provides tangible input into HIV care and prevention polices in the Netherlands.

Visiting address

Nicolaes Tulphuis
Tafelbergweg 51
1105 BD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Postal address

Academisch Medisch Centrum
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Meibergdreef 9 1105 AZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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