Russia Has 351,000 HIV-Infected: Chief Sanitary Doctor
May 15, 2006
Today at the European and Central Asian HIV/AIDS conference in Moscow, Russia's chief sanitary doctor said the country has 351,000 official HIV cases. "The current rate is 200 cases per 100,000" people, said Gennady Onishchenko, adding that most affected regions are Irikutsk, Samara, Orenburg, Sverdlovsk, and Leningrad. Onishchenko said the number of births by HIV-infected women has increased: "So far over 15,000 such children have been born." Health and Social Development Minister Mikhail Zurabov said the government is providing free medicine for 15,500 HIV patients. The conference is focusing on regional cooperation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where 270,000 new HIV cases were recorded last year.
ITAR-TASS News Agency
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