In the run-up to World AIDS Day on December 1, 2012, the Ministry of Health publishes a periodic epidemiological report

 

​In the run-up to World AIDS Day on December 1, 2012, the Ministry of Health publishes a periodic epidemiological report.
In accordance with the reports of international health organizations, it appears that some 2.5 million people contracted the virus in 2011, and in total at the end of 2011 there are some 34 million people living with the virus.

n Israel, from 1981 through to the end of 2011, 7,032 new cases of HIV carriers and AIDS patients were diagnosed. Of these, according to the data in the hands of the Ministry of Health, 1,401 individuals died or left the country. As of the end of 2011, there are, therefore, 5,631 persons living with HIV/AIDS in Israel, and it is estimated that there are currently 7,873 individuals living with the virus.

454 new cases were reported to the Ministry of Health in 2011. The rate of incidence of HIV/AIDS in Israel in 2011 is 58 new cases per million inhabitants. This level is lower than what is reported in most Western European and North American countries (but there are large gaps between sub-populations within Israel).

This year, the Ministry of Health is marking World AIDS Day through two campaigns, which will kick off on Sunday, December 2, 2012:

  • Campaign for the general Public – which will include advertising over he Internet (a video clip, a unique landing page) and in the cinemas. Campaign slogan: No Sex No AIDS! Your safest bet is to abstain completely… But if you insist on sex, use a condom!
  • Campaign for the Gay Community – a joint Internet campaign with the Israeli LGBT Task Force