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New York Times Examines Russia's "Inadequate Fight" Against HIV/AIDS

January 18, 2011

Russia's HIV/AIDS epidemic "has defied worldwide trends, expanding more rapidly year by year than almost anywhere else," the New York Times writes in an article that examines how the country has become "one of the world's low points in the effort to fight the spread of HIV," in large part due to the government's failure to reach out to injecting drug users (IDUs) and sex workers -- the groups "at the heart" of the epidemic.

"Nearly 60,000 new cases of HIV ... were documented in Russia in 2009, an 8 percent increase from 2008, according to UNAIDS," the newspaper writes. "Of those new cases, more than 60 percent were believed to have been caused by intravenous drug use, and many of the others were believed to have been infected through sex with addicts." Yet, as the newspaper notes, little to no resources for HIV prevention are put towards these populations.

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Comment by: Lauren Alexanderson (Washington, DC) Tue., Jan. 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm EST
Perhaps Russia should use a model adopted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine to target most-at-risk-populations. Through its partner organizations, the Alliance-Ukraine provides the majority of HIV prevention services in the country, targeting the primary driver of Ukraine’s HIV epidemic: injecting drug use. Community engagement, advocacy for supportive policies, and linkages to government services complement evidence-based programming.

For more information about their program, see http://j.mp/iaw97C
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