The international society marks the World AIDS Day. The International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine released a report noting that because of tough economic situation, military conflict in the East of Ukraine, humanitarian crisis, and large-scale internal migration, the risks of spread of infectious diseases increase tens of times.
“Though the war has not influenced the official HIV statistics yet, the indicators among key populations are already aggravating. Thus, according to a recent biobehavioral study conducted by Alliance, HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs in Donetsk grew by 30% (from 26.5 to 34.7%), and in Luhansk – more than twice (from 3.2 to 7.3%)”, said the report.
According to the Alliance’s data, currently, there are 127,400 people living with HIV officially registered with AIDS centers in Ukraine, though the estimated number of such people is over 217,500 (almost 0.5% of the general population).
“Ukraine continues suffering from the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and the year 2015 was not an exception”, the message concludes.