The Problem of AIDS

  • David E. Powell


A specter is haunting Russia—the specter of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and HIV (the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which generally leads to AIDS). HIV/AIDS has put the people of the Russian Federation at grave risk, and both the government and ordinary citizens are doing far too little to combat this problem. The only question today is whether the country is on the brink of an epidemic or, instead, is in the midst of one.


Drug User Ordinary Citizen Soviet Period Soviet Citizen Grave Risk 
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  1. 20.
    For an early criticism of the view that HIV in Russia was spread primarily through sexual contacts, and a suggestion that the real problem was multiuse, inadequately sterilized hypodermics, see John R. Seale and Zhores A. Medvedev, “Origin and Transmission of AIDS: Multi-use Hypodermics and the Threat to the Soviet Union: Discussion Paper,” Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 80 (May 1987): 201–204.Google Scholar
  2. 73.
    Christopher Williams, AIDS in Post-Communist Russia and its Successor States (Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishing Co., 1995), 87.Google Scholar

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