Latvia Records 33 Percent Drop in New HIV Cases in 2002
January 15, 2003
Latvia's number of new HIV cases dropped by one-third from 2001 to 2002, proving the need to continue recently begun prevention work, the nation's AIDS prevention center said Wednesday. "A lot of activities have been carried out with drug users, and prevention work in society as a whole is increasing, but if it depends only on the government it will not be enough. Support from international donors is essential," said Director Inga Upmerce. 2002 cases (542 newly registered) were down 265 from 2001. The country of approximately 2.35 million now has 2,307 recorded cases of HIV. However, the proportion of registered HIV patients who are intravenous drug users decreased from 82 percent in 2001 to 72 percent in 2002, suggesting the virus is spreading into the wider population. The capital, Riga, is home to one-third of the nation's citizens but 81 percent of registered HIV cases.Adapted from:
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