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In Multi-Part Series, PBS, Science Examine Challenges To Ending AIDS

PBS NewsHour: The End Of AIDS: Far From Over
“The tools exist. HIV/AIDS can be treated and contained. But in many communities, social, political and economic obstacles get in the way. There, the epidemic is far from over.” The series will examine HIV/AIDS in Russia, Nigeria, and the U.S. state of Florida (Brangham/Kane/Cohen, 6/11).

PBS NewsHour: AIDS deaths surge in Russia as global health officials say, ‘They did it all wrong’
“Central Asia and Eastern Europe have the world’s fastest growing HIV epidemic, and Russia accounts for more than 80 percent of those infections. As at-risk groups like injection drug users are stigmatized and ignored, health officials say the death toll will soon top 30,000 lives per year. William Brangham reports in the first of the NewsHour series, ‘The End of AIDS: Far from Over’…” (Brangham/Kane, 6/11).

Science: Russia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic is getting worse, not better
“… ‘This is a very large and very serious epidemic, and certainly one of the few epidemics in the world that continues to get worse rather than get better,’ says Vinay Saldanha, the Moscow-based regional director for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. ‘This is a public health crisis.’ … [However, b]old, committed HIV/AIDS advocates in Russia are pushing hard for change — and a few places in the country show signs, albeit modest, of mounting effective responses…” (Cohen, 6/11).

Science: In the face of a misguided response to HIV/AIDS in Russia, these bright stars are taking charge
This article profiles several Russians working in HIV prevention and treatment, or breaking down stigma and discrimination (Cohen, 6/11).

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