Plagues, Pestilences and Diseases
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
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