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UN Special Envoy Warns of Growing HIV Epidemics Among Marginalized Groups in Eastern Europe

November 4, 2013

"Health care systems in Eastern Europe and Central Asia remain woefully unable to cope with HIV/AIDS as the region's raging epidemic -- the fastest growing in the world -- takes on a new dimension, a senior UN official has told [Inter Press Service]," the news service reports (Stracansky, 11/4). "HIV epidemics are becoming more concentrated in marginalized groups such as sex workers, drug users and gay men, and could defy global attempts to combat AIDS if attitudes do not change, [Michel Kazatchkine, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe] said," Reuters writes, noting "he would like to be able to celebrate without reservation global progress made in the past decade, but stubborn infection rates and alarming growth of outbreaks in hard-to-reach populations make that difficult" (Kelland, 11/4).

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