September 22, 2003

HOW HIGH CAN YOU PILE THE PATHOLOGIES?:

Epidemic exploding in Europe (Ed Susman, 9/22/2003, UPI)

Dr. Scott Hammer bit his lip and thought about how to describe the what is happening with AIDS in Eastern Europe and the regions that made up the former Soviet Union.

"Explosive," said the professor of infectious diseases at Columbia University in New York City. "Explosive."

Hammer is not the only one who has characterized the epidemic in that term. Almost all researchers who are studying infections with the human immunodeficiency virus -- the organism that causes AIDS -- in places such as Belarus, the Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, and use the same word.

The epidemic is roaring through populations of injecting-drug users and is evident among people with other sexually transmitted diseases. In the region, 1.2-million people already are infected. [...]

"We know from past experience," Hammer told United Press International, "that once HIV is in the injecting-drug population and among sex workers, the virus most likely is already widespread."

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2003 11:55 PM
Comments

AIDS is not the only epidemic that's full-blown in Eastern Europe and Russia: TB is laying waste.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 24, 2003 2:05 AM

They're associated, are they not?

Posted by: oj at September 24, 2003 8:32 AM
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