Center for AIDS prevention announces HIV epidemic in Russia

Center for AIDS prevention announces HIV epidemic in Russia

Russia faced the HIV epidemic, the head of Russia's federal research center for the AIDS prevention, Vadim Pokrovsky, said.

A human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic has been officially declared in Yekaterinburg, the first deputy chief of Yekaterinburg's health-care department in Yekaterinburg, Tatyana Savinova, said.

The city has recorded 26,693 cases of the HIV infection, with roughly 1 out of every 50 people being a carrier. Of these carriers, 774 are children, 342 of whom have been diagnosed with HIV. According to her, it means that 1.8% of the city’s population is infected with the virus that causes AIDS.

Experts have said that the real figure might be higher as not all HIV-affected people refer to medical institutions, RFE/RL reports.

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