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Eastern Europe and Russia face world's fastest growing HIV epidemic

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 26 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:486
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    Developing democracies in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are facing the world's fastest growing epidemic of HIV, according to a report published this month by the United Nations Development Programme.

    If governments in the region fail to coordinate health, law and order, public information measures, and humanitarian concerns to tackle the growing crisis, the epidemic will be a severe brake on their economic and social development, the report concluded.

    The report was released ahead of a three day conference in Dublin last week called “Breaking the barriers: the fight against HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central …

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