Ukraine Marks Global AIDS Remembrance Day
May 17, 2004
On Sunday in Ukraine -- which has Europe's highest rate of HIV infection -- dozens of activists marked Global AIDS Remembrance Day by laying flowers at Kiev's Red Ribbon Monument. Other events -- including seminars, concerts, booklet distributions and a memorial quilt display -- commemorated the day across the nation. "Today, we're not only mourning our loved ones who died of the epidemic, but appeal to people for awareness that AIDS is not only a personal problem, it's the problem of the whole society," said Andriy Klepikov, Ukraine's director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. The UN estimates that HIV infection in the former Soviet republic may be as much as 10 times higher than the officially acknowledged level of 60,000 cases.
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