It’s unclear how things stand with the HIV-epidemic in Russia. International organizations consider official Russian figures unreliable. On the UNAIDS website all numeric and statistical data from Russia are “NA” — “Not Available”. On other well known sites, like AVERT you’ll find only estimates. But everyone agrees that the epidemic in Russia is spreading and is still out of control. The official Russian count now stands at a million HIV-infections, but most researchers think the actual number of infections is much higher.
GameChangers speaking out!
Is it always the next generation that shapes the future!? How is it for guys and girls who’re infected with HIV, living in Russia?
We met several of them. This is what they had to say.
One afternoon at Spid centre, Moscow
Produced by: Bert Oele and Erwin Kokkelkoren
Film: Willem Aerts
Photography: Marjolein Annegarn
Text: Erwin Kokkelkoren