Thousands of people will be in Vienna this week for the 18th International Aids Conference. The theme is human rights, and the focus will be on eastern Europe. That’s fitting, because poor health policies and on-going human rights abuses continue to fuel an HIV/Aids epidemic across thousands of miles, from Vladivostok to Lviv in Ukraine.
Every year for the last 20 years, HIV has claimed thousands of lives in countries of the former Soviet Union, largely transmitted by drug injection.
Most of these deaths could have been prevented: needle exchange and methadone programmes have dramatically reduced transmission elsewhere in the world.… Seguir leyendo »