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Post-Soviet Countries, Including Armenia, Show Rise in HIV/AIDS Cases

November 8, 2013

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Armenia Now recently reported that HIV incidence was increasing in the former Soviet Union countries of Armenia, Ukraine, and Russia. Armenia has registered more than 222 HIV diagnoses in 2013 alone, with a total of 1,541 HIV diagnoses since 1988. Experts estimated that 70 percent of HIV-infected Armenians were men and 30 percent were women. Ashot Gevorgyan, International HIV/AIDS Alliance (IHAA) national program officer for Armenia, attributed 58 percent of HIV transmission to heterosexual intercourse, 32 percent to drug use, and 2.1 percent to man-to-man sex. Many HIV infections in Armenia remained undiagnosed.

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