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Story Radio Free Europe July 26, 2016

HIV: Eastern Ukraine's Silent Crisis

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Two years after Euromaidan, the Russian seizure of Crimea and conflicts in eastern Ukraine, a...

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As the conflict in eastern Ukraine grinds on, a hidden crisis that began long before the fighting is becoming increasingly severe. Ukraine has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in Europe and, in the war-torn east of the country, the numbers are reportedly three times higher than in the rest of Ukraine.

With Russia-backed separatists banning most international medical organizations and taking a harsh stance toward people living with HIV/AIDS, many who can, flee the region, becoming some of Ukraine's most vulnerable IDPs.

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