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End of AIDS: Far from Over, Russia

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Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs all but stop the spread of HIV from infected, pregnant women to their...

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Vyacheslav Ignatenko (right), holding a tray of opiate cooking equipment, receives bags of syringes from a needle exchange in Kazan, Russia. Image by Misha Friedman. Russia, 2018.
Vyacheslav Ignatenko (right), holding a tray of opiate cooking equipment, receives bags of syringes from a needle exchange in Kazan, Russia. Image by Misha Friedman. Russia, 2018.

Central Asia and Eastern Europe have the world's fastest growing HIV epidemic, and Russia accounts for more than 80 percent of those infections. As at-risk groups like injection drug users are stigmatized and ignored, health officials say the death toll will soon top 30,000 lives per year. William Brangham reports in the first of the NewsHour series, "The End of AIDS: Far from Over."

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