350 Drug Addicts Infected With HIV in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–An investigator of the chief prosecutor’s office said that some 350 drug addicts in Yerevan are carriers of HIV. The examinations have revealed that the main portion of AIDS/HIV transmission take place through intravenous injections of drug addicts (some 40 percent). About 10 percent of all drug addicts use intravenous injections in Yerevan.

The rate of HIV infection is incomparably lower among prostitutes (0.5-0.6 percent); however–no reliable information about the actual number of women and girls engaged in this profession is available.

Last December–Armenian health minister approved the National Plan for Prevention of AIDS/HIV epidemics–but it has not been submitted to the government’s endorsement yet.

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