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Russia: A Call for More Money to Fight AIDS

March 19, 2003

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Russia's top AIDS physician warned that a huge infusion of money is needed to avoid an AIDS epidemic in the country, and he called current government financing for prevention programs "ridiculous." Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the Center for AIDS Prevention, told the Interfax news agency that just $800,000 had been allocated in the 2003 federal budget. Pokrovsky added this was enough to treat only 1,000 people. There are more than 232,000 HIV cases officially registered in Russia, but Pokrovsky said the actual figure is closer to 1 million. He warned that most AIDS patients will be young people, threatening Russia's precarious demographic situation.

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New York Times
03.19.03; Sophia Kishkovsky

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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