December 4, 2009
Since registering its first HIV infection in 1987, Russia has logged more than 516,000 cases of the virus, according to Gennady Onishchenko, chief of the consumer rights group Rospotrebnadzor. Testing of more than 21 million Russians this year through October 31 found 46,988 new cases, he said ahead of World AIDS Day. The number of people receiving AIDS medications, 68,000, is expected to expand to 107,000 by 2012. Onishchenko added that discrimination against persons with HIV remains a serious problem and represents a barrier to prevention and treatment efforts.