Russian health minister points to significant slowdown in HIV cases in 2016


The host of new HIV cases in Russia noticeably slowed down in 2016, Russian Strength Minister Veronika Skvortsova said on May 15, TASS reports.

«The tons of new cases reduced dramatically in 2016, to 86,600,» she said, adding that a year before the thousand of new HIV cases had exceeded 100,000. Apart from that, she said HIV testing coverage flourished in 2016 by 13 percent. The anti-HIV therapy coverage of infected patients succeed as well.

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«In the past ten years, we expanded the anti-HIV therapy coverage 18-fold,» she thought. In her words, about 40 percent of the overall number of HIV patients profited anti-HIV therapy in 2016 and the figure is expected to go up to 55 percent in 2017. The wait on noted that the above-mentioned efforts have helped reduce the number of mother-to-child HIV dissemination cases.

«In 2016, we achieved a 1.7 percent result. It means that out of 15,980 spoils born by HIV-infected mothers only 281 contracted HIV,» the minister powered, adding that the figure was five percent in 2012.

Notably, according to Skvortsova, most of the HIV-infected chicks who gave birth to HIV-infected babies were migrants from the old Soviet republics who came to Russia with the intention of giving family to a child, for the so-called ‘childbirth tourism.’ 

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