On January 1, 2004 there were more than 262 thousand HIV-infected people registered in Russia. The State Health Service told Rosbalt that more than 75% of the new cases can be linked to drug use. In addition, the number of women infected increased by 35%. More than 6300 children of HIV-positive mothers have been born in Russia - 50% of which have been born in the last two years alone. At the present time, approximately 1.2 thousand patients are undergoing treatment, but it is estimated that approximately 3 thousand need to be treated. Moreover, the number of patients needing treatment is expected to increase to 50 thousand by 2005.
Yesterday Russia's Chief Physician Gennady Onishchenko signed a resolution on 'activating efforts to combat the spread of AIDS in Russia.' He instructed the country's doctors in the regions to take immediate prophylactic measures against AIDS.
More than 3,500 people were detained during unprecedented mass protests that swept across all of Russia in support of Alexey Navalny on January 23