Moscow's 0.38% HIV infection rate below national, megalopolis average

Some 40,700 HIV infected people had been registered in Moscow by May 1, 2015, says Alexei Mazus, Director of the Moscow City Center for preventing and fighting AIDS.

Some 40,700 HIV infected people had been registered in Moscow by May 1, 2015, says Alexei Mazus, Director of the Moscow City Center for preventing and fighting AIDS.

"The HIV infection rate among city residents is 0.38 percent, which is significantly below the national average (0.44 percent)," he told the Moscow City Duma.

According to the 2014 figures, the proportion of HIV infected patients in Washington is 3.2 percent, in Paris 0.9 percent and in London 0.5 percent, he said.

"The city runs an efficient system of epidemiological monitoring of the HIV infection, a free anonymous HIV lab test is available to everyone in Moscow," Mazus said.

Meanwhile, according to the Russian Health Ministry's chief substance abuse specialist Yevgeny Bryun, there are 32,000 drug addicts in Moscow, 13 percent of whom are HIV infected.

 

For her part, Lyudmila Stebenkova, the head of the Moscow City Duma Health Care Commission, said at the hearings that Moscow's HIV infection growth rates have dropped dramatically in recent years.

"Today 37 percent Muscovites get tested for HIV, while in China, for example, the figure is 15 percent. This factor, as well as prophylactic programs aimed at promoting responsible behavior, produced an unprecedented result: HIV infection growth rates among young people aged between 15 and 25 are 20 times lower than a decade ago," Stebenkova said.

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