HIV/AIDS and drug use on the rise in Ukraine | News | Al Jazeera

HIV/AIDS and drug use on the rise in Ukraine

Clinics in war-ravaged Eastern Ukraine face dwindling supplies as they try to help rehabilitate heroin addicts.

    Medics and charities working in Donetsk say dwindling supplies of methadone means addicts are not getting adequate help to rehabilitate. 

    Not only is drug use on the rise in rebel-controlled Eastern Ukraine, but an upsurge in the sharing of needles has led to an increase in HIV infections.

    An estimated 238,000 people aged 15-49 are infected, making Ukraine the worst affected country by HIV/AIDS in Europe.

    Al Jazeera's John Hendren reports from Donetsk.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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