HIV plagues IV drug users

  • 1999-11-25
  • By Benjamin Smith
RIGA - In the fight against AIDS in Latvia, the free condom used to be the weapon of choice. Now, it's the free syringe. More than three-quarters of new HIV infections recorded in the last two years have come among Latvia's booming population of intravenous drug users. Infection rates are still increasing, and the number of HIV positive drug users has already more than doubled since the end of last year.Latvia is following a global trend in the deadly combination of AIDS and injected drugs. The drug-related branch of the AIDS epidemic has stabilized in most of Western Europe, but it is curr...
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