Today Belgium's national AIDS plan was unveiled in the presence of Queen Mathilde.
Figures show there has been a strong surge in the number of infections among men having sex with other men. In 2002 only 23.5% of infections were recorded among gay and bisexual men. By 2011 this figure had risen to 46%. The share of infections due to drug use has fallen.
Each year some 1,000 to 1,200 people are diagnosed with HIV. Belgium has the highest HIV rate in the EU: 10.7 cases per 100,000 head of population. In Europe as a whole the figure is 5.7%.
66% of people who are HIV positive are men. 42.7% of those infected today hold Belgian nationality.
Michel Sidibe, the President of UNAIDS, attended the gathering: "Progress has been made. We now administer one tablet instead of 18. Up to 40 fewer patients are dying than only a couple of years ago. In many countries the pharmaceutical industry, research labs and the population as a whole have all joined the battle against AIDS. We are heading towards a situation in which we are able to prevent children from being infected at birth."