UN AIDS chief: The Rapid Spread of HIV/AIDS in East Europe and central Asia is very frightening

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UN AIDS chief: The Rapid Spread of HIV/AIDS in East Europe and central Asia is very frightening


The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 24, 2010; 7:51 AM

VIENNA -- The U.N.'s top AIDS official says the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is frightening.

The U.N. estimates that 1.4 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in the region in 2009 - almost triple the number in 2000 - and that the Russian Federation and Ukraine account for nearly 90 percent of newly reported infections.

UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe told reporters Wednesday that "we are scared" by what was happening and called for more access to prevention programs in the region.

He also warned that drug users have become transmitters of the virus because they don't have access to services and "have to go underground."
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