A report on Julia Del Amo’s presentation “HIV and Migration: a renewed challenge”
Julia del Amo challenged our assumptions about HIV and migrants, with particular focus on Europe. Some migrants arrive to their destination country already living with HIV, either acquiring it in their port of origin or during their journey. However, the number of men who acquire HIV after they migrate is startling.
There are steadily increasing numbers of MSM who are diagnosed within the first year of living in their destination country (up 58% since 2007), while people who are heterosexual and newly diagnosed is declining (down 36% from 2007). Moreover, in migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who are found to have HIV a year after arrival, approximately 72% of MSM and 50% of heterosexual migrants acquired HIV post-migration. This is determined using a validated method of estimating acquisition.