Irish Times (Dublin) (12.11.08) - Monday, December 15, 2008
About 15 percent of HIV infections confirmed by the National
Virus Reference Laboratory during the last five years were not
included in official figures published by the Health
Protection Surveillance Center, an NVRL official said at a
recent meeting of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
There were 1,770 infections confirmed by NVRL during 2003-
2007, and about 260 of those cases did not make it into
surveillance data, said Dr. Cillian de Gascun, a medical
registrar with the laboratory. Reporting by physicians is
voluntary, which might account for the discrepancy, he
explained. Statutory notification is an important first step
to managing Ireland's HIV epidemic, he said. "I think there is
certainly enough evidence to suggest that the current system
is not working as well as it could or should," he added.