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Ukrainian HIV/AIDS Activists Allege Intimidation, Imprisonment of Doctors and Patients

August 5, 2010

Inter Press Service reports that Ukranian doctors legally providing substitution drugs to injecting drug users are "facing illegal police intimidation and imprisonment," according to HIV/AIDS advocates. "Two doctors have been arrested, medical centres treating drug users raided by police, and drug users receiving substitute treatments detained en masse in a series of recent concerning events," IPS reports. The article includes statistics on Ukraine's HIV epidemic, "one of the fastest-growing" in the world, and comments from international and local advocates, including Andriy Klepikov, director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, which has "documented dozens of cases of human rights abuses of patients and medical staff" (Stracansky, 8/4).

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