The number of people diagnosed with HIV who are getting treatment in the
Czech Republic has seen a steady increase in the past few years. While in
2013 it was 75 percent, last year 95 percent of people diagnosed HIV
positive in this country received treatment, according to statistics
released by the National Laboratory for HIV and AIDS.
Since testing in this country began in 1986, 3,600 people were diagnosed HIV positive, and 660 of them developed full-blown AIDS. 300 of them have died. According to estimates another 530 people are infected without yet being aware of it.
It is estimated that the majority of those who stopped turning up for treatment may be Czechs and foreigners who moved abroad. A third of the people were diagnosed with HIV in this country are foreign nationals.
The Czech Republic has the fifth largest increase in HIV cases in the
period between 2010 and 2018, according to the results of a study published
by Politico. It is an increase of 128 percent.
The Philippines top the ladder (203 percent), followed by Egypt (196 percent) and Madagascar (193 percent). Slovakia placed sixth with a 106 percent increase.
According to the National Reference Laboratory for HIV/AIDS there are currently 3,488 persons registered HIV positive in the Czech Republic, of which 3010 are men. 653 persons have developed full-blown AIDS and 307 have died of AIDS.
121 new HIV cases were registered in the Czech Republic in the first 6 months of this year.
A 65-year-old man from Prague became the first patient in the Czech Republic to successfully undergo a so-called heart in a box transplant. The surgery was performed by experts from the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine early this month, using a pioneering method of organ retrieval that keeps the heart pumping outside the patient’s body for several hours.
The number of HIV-positive people in the Czech Republic has tripled over
the past ten years, according to data from the National Institute of
In 2008, there were 1,186 people living with the virus. At the end of this May, an estimated 3,468 people in the country were HIV-positive.
While noting significant advancements in treating people with the virus, the Institute called for renewed efforts to prevent its spread.
Biotech companies within the PPF Group, controlled by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner, are reporting advances in efforts to extend the lives of cancer patients. The companies Sotio and Cytune Pharma announced on Thursday that they had started the first trial dosing of cancer patients with SO-C101, a superagonist fusion protein of interleukin IL-15.
Czech scientists have created artificial DNA that with further development
could help combat disease by replacing problematic strands.
Researchers at the Academy of Sciences and Charles University say that by using chemical reactions, in theory the artificial DNA could be substituted for actual strands of human DNA to halt the advance of various diseases.
Experiments in transferring the light-sensitive, artificial DNA have not yet been carried out on living cells or organisms.
Professor Jiří Neužil is one of the Czech Republic’s leading specialists in cancer research. His research teams at the Biotechnological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Griffith University in Australia have focused on a novel approach in the fight against incurable forms of breast cancer: eradicating cancer cells by targeting mitochondria. Should the resulting new drug, now being tested on patients in Prague, prove effective it could lead to a major breakthrough in cancer therapy.
The founders of a project to educate Czech schoolchildren about HIV and AIDS, named in honour of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, plan to take it worldwide. The phenomenal success of the new biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has raised the project’s profile ahead of its global launch – which its founders say is a happy coincidence.
The Constitutional Court has refused to hear a complaint taken by a former
police officer who was dismissed after learning that he had contracted HIV.
Judges said that the petition was premature and that the police president
would first have to address the issue of possible discrimination.
When his employers learned that the officer was HIV positive they had him undergo a medical examination. The doctor concluded he was unfit to continue serving and he was let go in 2011.
The Prague 7 District Court ruled last year that the sacking was lawful as the policeman was incapable of doing his job.