UNAIDS' HIV/AIDS Estimates For Russia Exaggerated

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New UNAIDSfigures that indicate between 900,000 and one million people in Russiaare HIV-positive are "exaggerated," Gennady Onishchenko, the country'stop health official, said on Monday, RIA Novostireports. Onishchenko added that the "data gathering techniques" used bythe agency are not "understandable" to Russian officials (RIA Novosti, 11/26).

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UNAIDS in a report releasedlast week said that Russia represents 66% of the number of newlydiagnosed HIV cases among former Soviet Union countries. MichelKazatchkine -- executive director of the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria-- on Monday when discussing the Russian estimates said that UNAIDS hadcompleted substantial work "in order to obtain objective figures," AFP/Yahoo! Health reports (AFP/Yahoo! Health, 11/26).

Onishchenkosaid that Russia has registered 403,000 HIV cases since 1987, when thefirst case of the virus was reported in the country. "Russia is theonly country which carries out testing of risk groups," he said, addingthat this year, 22 million people will be tested for HIV (RIA Novosti, 11/26). Russian experts say the actual number of HIV-positive people in the country is about 1.3 million (AFP/Yahoo! Health, 11/26).

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