• Gerardo Lissardy
  • BBC World, Brazil

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Artur Timerman knows what it is to see AIDS up close. As an infectious disease doctor in Sao Paulo, he monitors hundreds of patients with HIV, the virus that causes the disease. And he admits that he is «very worried».

«Patients tell me that the situation here in Brazil is similar to the one that occurred at the beginning of the epidemic, that in gay saunas they don’t even know who they have sex with without condoms,» he says. «That’s a day to day.»

The most recent data support the concern of this specialist from the Edmundo Vasconcelos Hospital.

New HIV infections in Brazil increased by 11% between 2005 and 2013, according to estimates released last month by Onusida, the UN agency specializing in the subject.