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AIDS around the world
Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Eastern Europe - especially Russia - has the fastest-growing HIV epidemic in the world. The crisis is fuelled mainly by intravenous drug use, especially among young men. Given the high odds of transmission through needle-sharing, and the fact that these young people are almost all sexually active, the UN has warned that a huge epidemic may be imminent.

People with HIV:1.2m
New HIV cases in 2002:250,000
Deaths from Aids in 2002:25,000
Children (under 15) with Aids by end of 2002:16,000
Source: UNAIDS, 2002

Aids deaths in 2001
Ukraine:11,000
Russia:9,000
Belarus:1,000
Romania:350
Source: UNAIDS, 2002

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