International AIDS Experts Say HIV Skyrocketing in Ukraine
November 26, 2002
HIV rates are skyrocketing in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine, and experts estimate that 1 percent of the nation's 48 million people are currently infected, organizers of an international AIDS conference in Kiev said Saturday. Officials have registered 49,873 HIV cases in Ukraine. However, the actual number of cases is likely to be in the hundreds of thousands and could rise to 1.44 million by 2010 if no effective measures are taken, conference organizers said. HIV is increasingly being spread through sexual contact, as opposed to intravenous drug use, Ukraine's health ministry said. The number of sexually transmitted HIV infections rose to 26.9 percent of the total registered cases last year, it said. The UN, the World Health Organization, the German government and representatives of 40 nations took part in the conference.
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