10 Percent of Russian Population May Be Infected by 2010
May 16, 2003
If AIDS continues to spread at its current rate, 10 million to 12 million Russians may become infected with HIV by 2010, Federation Council International Relations Committee Chair Mikhail Margelov said at a Moscow press conference on Wednesday. Margelov said that although official statistics say there are more than 200,000 HIV-infected people in Russia, he believes the actual number is closer to 1 million. More than 70 percent of these people were infected through drug use. As head of a Russian-US working group on AIDS, Margelov said AIDS is a problem for every country, and international efforts must be employed to fight the disease. Experts from both countries believe the strategy for fighting AIDS must involve health care workers, activists, politicians, and statesmen.Adapted from:
ITAR-TASS News Agency
05.14.03; Anna Bazhenova
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