Latvia's Public Health Agency Releases HIV/AIDS Data
March 24, 2009
Latvia's Public Health Agency recently released data about HIV/AIDS in the country in 2008, indicating that the spread of the virus through heterosexual contact is increasing, the Baltic Times reports. According to the data, 163 people -- primarily women between ages 15 and 24 -- newly contracted HIV last year. This figure represents about half of all HIV cases registered in 2008, according to the Times. In addition, 22 cases last year involved men who have sex with men, and 100 cases were recorded among injection drug users. Eight cases were recorded among infants because of mother-to-child HIV transmission. Young women whose partners are injection drug users also are at an increased risk of the virus, the data indicate.
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