Gay HIV infections rise, government blamed

  • 1999-05-20
  • By Daniel Silva
RIGA - Last November, thirty-something-year-old Ivars and a few friends decided to go to Purvs, one of Riga's gay nightclubs. That night the club was offering free admission to anyone who agreed to take an on-the-spot AIDS test. "I took the test as a joke. I did not think I had any reason to be worried," he recalls.But when the doctor told him to come in person to get his results, Ivars knew something was wrong. "All I asked was how long did I have to live. Then I asked for a taxi to go home." Ivars' case is part of a rise in HIV infections among gay men in Latvia. When the disease first s...
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