Over 400 people were living with HIV in Malta in 2018, figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control show.

The statistics, published as part of a 2018 progress report on HIV care, revealed 90% of people in Malta know their status and are receiving treatment. 

Of the 453 people living with HIV, over half - 298 - saw the illness being virally suppressed.

A total of 210 men and 281 migrants were diagnosed in 2018, the figures showed. 

With 387 cases reported since 2007, Malta had the third highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in 2016.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said the satisfying results led to the virus in the blood being so low that it became non-transmissible. 

The report is based on four criteria: the number of people diagnosed with HIV, the number of people who have been diagnosed, the number of people receiving treatment and the number of people that are receiving satisfying treatment. 

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