Accessibility links

Breaking News

UN Says Ex-Soviet Countries Losing AIDS Fight

A World AIDS Day Poster in Belgrade (file photo) (epa) May 30, 2006 (RFE/RL) --The UN agency dealing with HIV/AIDS says former Soviet countries are falling behind in efforts to fight the disease.

In a report released today, UNAIDS said around 1.5 million people in the region had the HIV virus that causes AIDS at the end of 2005. But just 21,000 were receiving antiretroviral drug therapy, the most effective means of controlling the virus.

UNAIDS head Peter Piot told RFE/RL that the Ukrainian and Russian governments have made progress in slowing the spread of the virus in their countries, but that the response remains inadequate. Piot says the spread of HIV among injecting drug users is a fundamental issue that is not being addressed in the region.

The UNAIDS report said an estimated 38.6 million people have HIV worldwide. Some 25 million people have died since the first cases were identified 25 years ago.

(with additional material from AFP)

RFE/RL In Russian

RFE/RL In Russian

UPDATED CONSTANTLY: Visit RFE/RL's Russian-language website, featuring news, analysis, features, streaming audio, and more, in Russian, from RFE/RL's Russian Service.


RFE/RL's English-language coverage of Russia.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.