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The World in Medicine
January 9, 2002

AIDS in Eastern Europe

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JAMA. 2002;287(2):180. doi:10.1001/jama.287.2.180-JWM10014-2-1

The number of HIV infections is rising faster in Eastern Europe than anywhere else in the world, warns the annual report on the HIV/AIDS epidemic issued by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

The document (available online at http://www.unaids.org/) said that reported figures—largely underestimates of the actual numbers—indicated that there were more than 75 000 new infections in Russia by early November 2001, a 15-fold increase in 3 years. In Estonia, reported HIV cases are 10 times higher than they were 2 years ago. And in Ukraine, 1% of the adult population is infected with HIV, the highest rate in the region.

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