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There are about 2,000-2,200 people in Hungary who have tested HIV positive while an estimated 3,000-4,000 could be infected but unaware of their status, an expert told Hungarian public media ahead of World AIDS Day.

János Szlávik, senior doctor at the Del-Pest Centrum Hospital, said that between 200-300 new HIV patients are registered annually, and urged that more screening facilities should be set up and that home HIV tests should be made available in pharmacies. Szlávik also urged that people at a higher risk of HIV infection should take the test.

The World Health Organisation decided in 1988 to make December 1 a world day to focus public attention on HIV and AIDS.