MOSCOW, December 01, 2:49 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia will mark the World AIDS Day on December 1 proclaimed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1988. The day has been held as part of the Joint United Nations Programme on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome HIV/AID (UNAIDS) since 2011.
“International organizations have set the task of bringing to zero the number of HIV-infection cases and deaths from AIDS as well as decreasing discrimination against HIV-infected people,” Academician Vadim Pokrovsky of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, who heads the federal scientific center on the prevention of AIDS, told Itar-Tass.
“Indeed, the world sees a decline in new HIV-infection cases; there are fewer deaths caused by AIDS because treatment has appeared,” Pokrovsky went on to say. He added that cases of discrimination against AIDS patients and HIV-infected people had also been on the decline.
“Unfortunately, this country lags behind, spoiling the world statistics. The number of HIV-infections in Russia is growing and the number of AIDS-related deaths is also on the rise,” the academician went on to say.
On October 1, 2013, Russia had 780,000 officially registered people infected with HIV.
“Fifty-one new cases were reported in the first eight months of 2013. That is why we expect about 70,000 new cases to appear by yearend,” Academician Pokrovsky explained.
Pokrovsky said that according to the latest statistical data, a total of 143,574 people have died of HIV infection in Russia. “Almost 20,000 of them died last year. The number of HIV-caused deaths has exceeded 20,000. We need to exert efforts to catch up with world trends,” Pokrovsky emphasized.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), HIV remains one of the main problems of global public health. The virus has killed more than 36 million people over the past thirty years. “There is no medicine against a HIV-infection. However, the virus can be effectively controlled by anti-retro-virus drugs thanks to which HIV-infected people can have a healthy and fruitful life,” the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized.
The World AIDS Day is marked globally on December 1. On this day, the World Health Organization, the United Nations and charitable organizations hold mass actions designed to call people’s attention to the problems of prevention and treatment of AIDS and social adaptation of HIV-infected people.