Russia is on brink of AIDS epidemic

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:252

Russian health officials have warned that the country, and in particular Moscow, is on the brink of an AIDS epidemic. President of the Russian Medical Academy Valentin Pokrovsky said that the main warning signs are the rapid escalation of syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases.

“We have known for some time that Russia would suffer a massive HIV infection sooner or later,” he told doctors gathered in Moscow for a national AIDS seminar. “Unfortunately we are on the brink of that epidemic.”

Although Russia has officially registered only 1269 cases of HIV infection—a quarter of them in Moscow—and 193 deaths since the first …

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