Some 700 people in Czech Republic unaware they are infected with HIV

Around 700 people in the Czech Republic are unaware they are infected with the HIV virus, a quarter of all who have the disease in the country. The news was confirmed on Tuesday by the head of the Czech AIDS Help Society Robert Hejzák. The society is launching a new campaign to encourage people to get tested or to get timely treatment.

December 1 is World AIDS Day.

Monitoring of the spread of the HIV virus, which can lead to AIDS, began in the former Czechoslovakia in 1985.