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Russian health authorities have announced that up to 208 people had been treated with HIV infected blood and that at least one had contracted the virus in a town Voronezh, situated about 300 miles south of Moscow.

Hospital patients all over Russia are in panic because it is still not known whether the blood left Voronezh and reached Moscow or other cities. They are also confused and worried over the fact that it is not actually known how many people have received infected blood. While one side reports 208, other claims that only 7 people received tainted blood.

HIV/Aids problem is reaching epidemic proportions in Russia with 330,000 officially registered cases and, by unofficial estimates, around 1.5 million infected people. This makes about 2% of the adult population.

Russia suffers a great problem with avoidance of addressing sex-related issues. This tendency they have inherited from the Soviet era.

A woman who got infected received transfusion during childbirth and is suing the doctors who supervised the procedure.

Russia has around 600 laboratories for testing an average of four million blood donations made every year, but they are all vulnerable to human error. This year the federal budget gathered around $4.5 million for HIV monitoring, prevention, treatment and research but President Putin called for a twenty fold increase in September.

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thats weird
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This is old news but still horrifying. The US blood supply is tested to the point where getting HIV from a blood transfusion is virtually zero so reading about this is pretty terrifying. I don't know what happened there but wow. I feel terrible for those poor people!
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