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AIDS Spreading Fast Across East Europe, Central Asia

September 7, 2012

Eastern Europe and Central Asia are home to the world's fastest-growing HIV epidemic, due to punitive drug policies, discrimination, and insufficient access to medicines and treatment, according to global health experts.

World Health Organization data show the region had 170,000 new HIV infections last year. New infections there have risen 22 percent since 2005 and show no signs of slowing. Injecting drug use accounts for 70 percent of new cases.

Russia and Ukraine are widely viewed as the epidemic's epicenter. Opiate-substitution therapy (OST), a standard treatment provided to heroin users in much of the world, is illegal in Russia.

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Comment by: db (ny) Sat., Sep. 8, 2012 at 2:05 am EDT
something has to be done!
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