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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:17 AM

Russia reports 12% rise in HIV - 200 new cases a day


Russia recorded at least 4,398 children with HIV this year of whom 529 died

The number of HIV cases in Russia was 12% higher in the first six months of 2012 than in the same period last year, government health experts say.

Official data shows that in the first 10 months, 703,781 Russians had the virus, of whom 90,396 died.

In nearly 60% of new cases, drug injection using dirty needles was the cause of infection.

Meanwhile, worldwide, the number of new infections in adults has stayed broadly stable for the past four years.

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