Left out in the cold: Living with HIV in Russia

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‘Talk to Al Jazeera’ traveled Russia to find out what’s behind the fast-growing HIV epidemic there.

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Russia, the largest country on earth, which emerged from the post-Soviet economic and political chaos to reassert itself, is facing a HIV epidemic.

The current rate of HIV is less than one percent of Russia’s population of 143 million. It’s far lower than many other countries, such as South Africa which stands at 12.2 percent, that have been battling HIV epidemics.

Russia has one of the fastest-growing rates of HIV/Aids in the world. At the beginning of this year, the number of registered HIV-positive people surpassed one million. The number of Russians living with HIV has almost doubled in the last five years.

The 2016 UNAIDS Prevention Gap Report pointed to Eastern Europe and Central Asia as “the only region in the world where the HIV epidemic continued to rise rapidly”.

Russian activists say the government’s…

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