Putin’s health cuts have made Russia into ‘epicenter of HIV/AIDS epidemic’

HIV / AIDS (Image: uralinform.ru)

HIV / AIDS (Image: uralinform.ru) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Editor’s note: The dire HIV/AIDS situation in Russia described in the article represents an enormous threat to the occupied territories of Ukraine due to the presence of Russian Federation troops and mercenaries (frequently felons recruited from Russian prisons and/or drug users), who sexually victimize or have unprotected sex with Ukrainian population under their control. As Ukrainian territory gets liberated from Russia, significant medical efforts would have to be made to stem this epidemic.

Vladimir Putin’s health care “optimization,” a euphemism for drastic cuts, has contributed to what the UN agency responsible for combating HIV/AIDS into making Russia “an epicenter” of that epidemic, with infection rates now higher in the Russian Federation than they are in Uganda or Zimbabwe.

Gazeta” journalists Elena Malysheva, Karina Romanova, and Petr Netreba say that a new UNAIDS report shows that Russia “has become the country with the largest epidemic of HIV in the world” far surpassing “the majority of states.” But despite that, Moscow continues to cut back spending to combat this illness.

What is most worrisome, the UN agency says, is that the share of new cases of HIV infection continue to grow far more rapidly in Russia than in most other countries. In 2015, Russia had 11 percent more cases than it did a year earlier, 919,500 as compared to 824,000 in 2014. Most countries saw rates of growth of five to eight percent or much less.

As a result, measured by the rate of growth in the number of new cases, Russia surpassed Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. It only compared favorably with countries like Nigeria which have a far larger number of people already infected and also a larger number of new cases.

The three “Gazeta” journalists report that UNAIDS laid much of the blame for Russia’s poor performance on the fact that the World Bank reclassified Russia as a country with sufficient income to pay its own way in this sector. Unfortunately, they point out, Moscow has not made up for the loss of grants from abroad and indeed has cut medical care drastically.

As a result, only 37 percent of those the Russian government has identified as having HIV are receiving treatment. And if one compares the number treated to those estimated to be infected but not registered as such with the authorities, the share getting medical help is only 28 percent.

Moreover, in order to save money, the Russian government has ended early intervention in HIV cases, withholding help until symptoms appear, failing to combat widespread intravenous narcotics use by providing methadone, and cutting spending for imported medicines needed to fight HIV/AIDS.

Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova says that Moscow intends to boost spending in this area, but the numbers coming in from around the country undercut her claim. It is true that Moscow sent 17.485 billion rubles to the regions in 2015 and has cut that only by 44 million rubles in 2016.

But those figures are deceptive especially regarding the fight against HIV/AIDS because most of the anti-retro-viral drugs used are imported and the collapse of the ruble exchange rate against foreign currencies means that there is far less money for fighting this epidemic than Moscow officials admit.


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  • Robert

    Wow! Russia’s ‘leader’ seems to be creating a whole new ‘class’ of citizens on Planet Earth – a ‘country’ that doesn’t even measure up to ‘Third World’ standards any more! He’s taking ‘regression’ to a whole new (lower) level! And these are only those with HIV/AIDS that they KNOW ABOUT!?! Sounds like we need to quarantine the Donets Basin…

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      How about quarantining all of Dwarfstan, not just the so-called LNR and DNR?

  • zorbatheturk

    Russia has been infected by a virus called Putin.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      It’s far more likely that Pedo Putolini has been infected with an incurable form of rabies. Mad dogs are usually put down, but what does one do with a mad Putolini?

    • zorbatheturk

      Putin is a Soviet experiment gone wrong. They were trying to hybridize Lenin’s DNA with a vampire bat when a cockroach crawled into the petri dish and died. So they came up with Putin, a bloodsucking Bolshevist with the soul of a cockroach.

      • zorbatheturk

        Putin is a genetically modified cockroach.

        • zorbatheturk

          Green cockroaches have evolved to hide better in jars of pickles. Smart.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        Actually, Monsanto may well become part of Bayer, the German chemical and pharmaceutical giant soon. So the Savushkina trolls will have to aim their comments at the evil Germans instead of the evil Americans.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          Really???? Then why is Frau Ribbentrop Adolfina Merkelain constantly kissing Pedo Putolini’s arse? It’s more likely that she is under Moscow’s thumb, given her past as Stasi auxiliary agent IM Erika.

        • Mykola Banderachuk

          you forgot the Illuminati, forgot the Talus Organization, the CIA, the Ratherchild Agreement, do not get me started. there are so many conspiracies out there-be afraid troll boy–they are coming for you

          • Mykola Banderachuk

            Just pointing the coming plots against poor little russia-you think I am scared of a russian troll boy?

          • Mykola Banderachuk

            and you can be blocked too

  • Being

    Well done Kremlin.

    So Russia holiday visitors are not only agressive but also infectious.

    • Quartermaster

      Pathogenic. That’s just what Russia is, alas. A disease.

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