Ten Russian regions are considered critical for the spread of HIV among the population, was announced by the Minister of health of Russia Veronika Skvortsova reporters November 10.

“There are 10 regions critical in the first place – Sverdlovsk oblast, Yekaterinburg, which has hit the press in recent times”, – quotes its TASS. According to Skvortsova, in these subjects, “the prevalence is significantly higher than in other regions.”

According to data from the Federal center for prevention and fight against AIDS, the ten “critical” regions of HIV also includes the Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Samara, Orenburg, Leningrad, Tyumen, Chelyabinsk and Novosibirsk oblast and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.

According to Skvortsova, HIV prevalence is highest in the regions through which drug trafficking routes: “we Have 57% of all sources of HIV transmission is injecting the way, usually heroin addicts or analogues of heroin”.

It is not only the gay wives from husbands infected

At the same time the Minister stressed that 40% of cases of HIV infection transmitted sexually occurs with heterosexual couples. “We are not talking only about homosexuality, we are not talking about any other features. We are talking about the fact that the wife from the husband becomes infected, and we have the increase is due to the prosperous women”, – quotes its “Interfax”.

In early November, Ural media reported that in Yekaterinburg officially declared the HIV epidemic, but the first Deputy head of the city health Department Tatiana Savinova denied it. However, she acknowledged that the 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.

Chief freelance specialist in diagnostics and treatment of HIV infection, Ministry of health of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Voronin then explained that according to the criteria of the world health organization (who) in the Sverdlovsk region really is an epidemic, “due to the fact that at the time it all started with injecting drug users”.

At the same time, the head of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman, commenting on the HIV epidemic in the city, called “no illusions” as “this is a situation common to the country.”

Meanwhile, the “Kommersant” in March wrote that already in 20 Russian regions more than 1% of pregnant women were HIV-positive according to the criteria of the who and UNAIDS indicates the highest stage of the epidemic generalized.

The Russian government recently decided to allocate this year to 2.28 billion rubles to fight the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis b and C. the Funds will be sent to the regions for the provision of medicines and treatment of sick people, said the Cabinet.

According to official data, by the end of 2015 in Russia were registered more than a million HIV-infected persons, of which 212 thousand people died. According to the government of the Russian Federation, in 2006 in Russia the number of new HIV cases is growing 10% a year.

The head of the Ministry of health has recognized the critical situation with HIV in 10 regions of Russia and stood up for gays 10.11.2016

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