New HIV Infections and Injection Drug Use in Denmark

"Action taken in Denmark against HIV is based on the principle of voluntarism, anonymity and openness, providing direct and honest information and security for individuals in their contact with the health authorities. HIV testing is voluntary and people who are HIV-infected are reported anonymously. The HIV reporting system includes age, gender, information about any earlier HIV test and risk behaviour, as well as the presumed method of infection. Cases of AIDS are reported by name and personal data. Table 6.2.1 of the annex shows the number of reported newly diagnosed HIV positive and out of them, the number of intravenous drug users the past 10 years12. The number of persons newly diagnosed as HIV positive has varied from year to year, as has the number of infected persons where the source of infection is assumed to be intravenous drug use. In 2011, 4% (10 persons) of those newly diagnosed as HIV positive were registered as intravenous drug users. This percentage has remained more or less the same between 4% and 11% the past 10 years.
"The proportion of newly diagnosed AIDS cases where the source of infection is considered to be intravenous drug use is relatively stable around 10%. In 2011, 9 % of those diagnosed with AIDS were intravenous drug users, which were 5 out of a total of 58 persons."


Sundhedsstyrelsen (National Board of Health), "2012 National Report (2011 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: Denmark: New Development, Trends and in-depth information on selected issues," (Copenhagen, Denmark: Sundhedsstyrelsen, Nov. 2012), pp. 48-49.