Transcarpathians bring HIV and AIDS from work migrations
"Within 10 months of this year 68 new cases of HIV infection has been registered in Transcarpathia. In general, 278 people are on the records, including 35 patients with AIDS. About 90% of the total quantity have been infected sexually. The most vulnerable group is youth" - this was announced today, November 26, at the Center for Prevention and Control of AIDS by the chief doctor Ivan Mironyuk.
Ivan Mironyuk noted: "It is believed that the most vulnerable to the decease are the residents of large cities, regional centers. However, in Transcarpathia the situation is somewhat different: the disease is the most prevalent in the region first in the city of Khust and Khust district, then - in the city of Mukachevo and Mukachevo district, and only then - in Uzhgorod. It would seem that mountain populations would be less affected than urban, but the number of patients in Mizhhirya district is larger than in Irshava district." The specialist explains this pattern due to the fact that usually residents of the former district go to work in Western countries, and those of the latter - to the eastern lands of Ukraine, Russia, more precisely, in regions with a high prevalence of the disease.
Every year since 1988, on December 1 the international community observes World AIDS Day.
The day before the organizations and institutions engaged in combating the disease traditionally summarize their work.