Greece Calls for International Cooperation in Fight Against HIV/AIDS
June 10, 2011
Globally, the AIDS epidemic "has deepened the gap between the North and South," Greece's minister of health and social solidarity said Thursday at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS. Andreas Loverdos pointed to human trafficking as one force driving the spread of HIV in his country. "Many of these infections concern women from sub-Saharan Africa, who have been brought to the country illegally and forced to work as prostitutes. It is obvious that problems of this kind can be addressed only through closer international cooperation." Loverdos said Greece is expanding condom distribution and its needle-exchange programs; it also has been providing access to public health services for all people, regardless of their ability to pay.
Xinhua News Agency
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