USA Today Examines Government, Grassroots Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Russia
April 20, 2004
USA Today on Tuesday examined government and grassroots efforts to provide HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services in Russia (Nichols, USA Today, 4/20). Estonia, Russia and Ukraine are facing increasing growth rates in new HIV infections that are among the highest in the world, according to a report released in February by the United Nations Development Programme (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/28). Despite the report's "ominous numbers," government-sponsored HIV/AIDS prevention efforts "are virtually non-existent," according to USA Today. Injection drug users, who account for about 80% of HIV/AIDS cases in Russia, are treated as "criminals," and there are "few signs" that the central government in taking the epidemic seriously, according to USA Today. However, there are some "hopeful" developments, including increased funding from the World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the United States for Russian HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs, USA Today reports. Diplomats and AIDS experts have adopted a two-part strategy that consists of first appealing to Russian President Vladimir Putin "in every way possible" to convince him that the Russian HIV/AIDS epidemic could cause "catastrophic economic risk" for the country, according to USA Today. Second, AIDS advocates want to "continue the momentum" built by foreign donors and private groups that provide prevention and treatment services to HIV-positive people in Russia, USA Today reports (USA Today, 4/20).
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