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Medical News & Perspectives
December 27, 2000

HIV/AIDS Surging in Eastern Europe

JAMA. 2000;284(24):3113-3114. doi:10.1001/jama.284.24.3113

The number of new cases of HIV infection is soaring in Eastern Europe, according to a report released late last month by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization.

"In Eastern Europe, what we had feared and predicted is now happening, and that is an explosion of HIV," said Peter Piot, MD, executive director of UNAIDS, at a press briefing on the new report. "The figures are really alarming."