Russia spoils world HIV/AIDS statistics - expert

The number of HIV infected Russians may grow by 70,000 by the end of this year, head of the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Center Vadim Pokrovsky said.

The number of HIV infected Russians may grow by 70,000 by the end of this year, head of the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Center Vadim Pokrovsky said.

"The number of new HIV infections and the mortality rates are growing here. As of October 1, 2013, this country had 780,000 HIV-infected people. Some 51,000 new HIV infections were recorded in the first eight months of 2013. We are expecting more than 70,000 new HIV infections before the end of this year, which is practically 200 new HIV infections per day," Pokrovsky told a press conference on Thursday ahead of the World AIDS Day.

"More than 0.8 percent of Russia's population is HIV-infected," the expert said.

The number of new HIV infections has been declining across the globe but growing in Russia, Pokrovsky said. "The world is witnessing a decline in new HIV infections. Alas, our country lags behind and spoils world statistics," he noted.

The AIDS mortality rate is also increasing in Russia. "We had 20,000 AIDS deaths last year. The number will stand at approximately 25,000 this year, and it will be equal with the rate of car accident moralities," Pokrovsky said. He explained the high mortality rates with late treatment.

"We have to apply huge efforts [in fighting HIV]. So far, the situation has been deteriorating rapidly. The measures the government has been taking are not enough," he said.

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