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Russian AIDS Official Calls For Increased Efforts To Prevent HIV Infections, Deaths

The Guardian: Sex, syringes, and the HIV epidemic Russia can no longer ignore
“…Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the federal AIDS center, this week told journalists that more than 27,500 Russians with HIV had died in 2015, a 13 percent increase on 2014. At least half of those died from AIDS, he later confided, so their deaths could have been prevented. HIV is spreading with increasing speed, with about 95,000 new cases in 2015 compared with 90,000 in 2014, most of them from drug use and heterosexual sex. … ‘The tempo of growth is not slowing down, it’s high, and we need to strengthen prophylactic measures,’ Pokrovsky said. ‘In five years it will double, up to three million people by 2020’…” (Luhn, 2/19).