WHO officials press Russia to consider needle exchanges to reduce spread of HIV

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5169
  1. Andrew Osborn
  1. 1Moscow

    The World Health Organization is urging Russia to change its controversial approach to tackling HIV and AIDS, suggesting that it consider embracing methods such as needle exchange programmes for injecting drug users.

    WHO officials made the suggestion in private meetings with Russian officials at the annual conference of the organisation’s regional committee for Europe, held in Moscow last week. The event, which was attended by Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, heard how Russia has the highest incidence of HIV among the 53 countries that make up the …

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