First Deputy head of the health Department of Ekaterinburg Tatiana Savinova told TASS that the city is not declared the HIV epidemic. Earlier media, citing a statement from the employee of Department reported the opposite.
“On Tuesday in Yekaterinburg in the press centre of the Ural regional information center TASS we held a press conference on the beginning start of the information campaign for prevention of HIV infection. It asked me a question about the situation with HIV in Yekaterinburg, in answer to which I voiced the data broadcast in the media. Of course, for us physicians, it has long been the HIV epidemic, as many people sick in Yekaterinburg. It didn’t happen yesterday, and nothing officially has been announced,” said Savinova.
Previously portal Ura.ru with reference to Savinov reported that the city officially declared the HIV epidemic. A representative of the office explained TASS that in itself is a word “means nothing”. “I don’t know why it happened, if someone made a header (an epidemic). Nothing is declared. My logic is that when in the city of more than 1% of the population infected with HIV is a generalized phase distribution of the epidemiological process,” – said the first Deputy head of the health administration of Ekaterinburg.
As noted Savinova, the CPS would not formally announce of the HIV epidemic, as “it is not a seasonal disease like the flu.” She suggested that the media write about the epidemic, as something incredible, by analogy with the flu. “Although there is nothing supernatural,” – concluded the Deputy head of health administration of Ekaterinburg.
Yesterday at a press conference Tatiana Savinova said that Sverdlovsk oblast is in first place among Russian regions by the level of HIV prevalence for nine months of the year 2016 it is of 118.2 per 100 thousand population.
Ministry of health: according to who criteria in the Sverdlovsk region there is an epidemic
Meanwhile, the Ministry of health of the Russian Federation noted that according to the criteria of the world health organization (who) in the Sverdlovsk region really is an epidemic. The situation with HIV infection in the region is extremely serious. This was stated by TASS on Wednesday, the chief freelance specialist on diagnostics and treatment of HIV infection, Ministry of health of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Voronin.
“According to the who criteria there is an epidemic due to the fact that at the time it all started with people who inject drugs,” he said.
As emphasized Voronin, concentrated epidemic who consider the situation when the number of HIV-infected persons exceeds 5% of any of the risk groups. Generalized epidemic is when the number of pregnant women exceeds 1% of pregnant women in the General population, he explained.
“Apparently, they (the authorities of Yekaterinburg) just taking into account the assessment criteria of the who assessed the situation in the region…”, – suggested the representative of the Ministry of health. Meanwhile, the head of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman, commenting in Twitter posts about the declared epidemic, called “no illusions” as “this is a situation common to the country.” “We are working on detection and are not afraid to talk about it”, – he explained.
In March, the newspaper “Kommersant” reported that at that time already in 20 Russian regions more than 1% of pregnant women were HIV-positive. It was noted that, according to the criteria of the who and UNAIDS, this indicates the highest stage of the epidemic generalized.
Senior researcher of the Federal center for AIDS Rospotrebnadzor Natalia Ladnaya was then called the most difficult regions – Samara and Sverdlovsk region. She noted that, in General, in Russia there is a second, concentrated stage of the epidemic where the infection is spreading among high-risk groups.
According to official data, by the end of 2015 in Russia were registered more than 1 million HIV-infected people, of whom died 212 thousand.