Battle to Contain HIV Spread Being Lost

by Rajshri on  March 1, 2010 at 7:24 PM AIDS/HIV News
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 Battle to Contain HIV Spread Being Lost
The World is steadily losing the battle to contain the spread of HIV virus, an Australian study published in the journal The Lancet reveals.

While a number of programs have been created to contain AIDS, many countries have failed to implement them and the number of HIV cases among injecting drug users is steadily rising across the globe.

According to the report released by the University of NSW's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), more than 65 percent of new HIV cases in countries like Russia and Ukraine were found to be injecting drug users.

Lead author of the study, Dr Bradley Mathers said that less than eight percent of injecting drug users across the world were involved in needle and syringe program.

"Injecting drug use is an increasingly important cause of HIV transmission in most countries. Our findings suggest that, worldwide, there are few countries in which the level of intervention coverage is sufficient to prevent HIV transmission", he added.




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