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.
Life behind the train station…
Tasha, a former art painter and performance-artist, is nowadays working as a nurse. Everyday she provides medical aid to a growing group of homeless men and women.
She meets her patients in an empty buss on a parking lot behind a train-station.
She treats all kind of physical and phychological problems. Quite a few of the men and women who visit her are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction.
According to Tasha, a growing number of her patients are infected with HIV.
Tasha accepts the fact she is HIV infected, but most of her patients don’t. They refuse to take an HIV test or ignore the positive results form the test.
Produced by: Bert Oele and Erwin Kokkelkoren
Film: Willem Aerts
Photography: Marjolein Annegarn
Text: Erwin Kokkelkoren