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With the support of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia - ITPCru, the Timur Islamov Charitable Foundation, Russia, produced a short movie "TurboHIV” (Russian colloquial term for HIV/TB coinfection).
The movie is based on real events and destiny of people diagnosed with HIV/TB in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia. Personal candid interviews and expert opinions - 11 minutes of stress and empathy.

Two participants in the project died during the making of the movie, two more died shortly after its completion.

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AIDS Erupts as National Security Issue - Epidemics Threaten Russia, China and India Five years ago, the Clinton Administration identified AIDS as a national and global security threat, declaring that it has the potential to destabilize governments. Today, the threat has grown as governments across sub-Saharan Africa teeter on the brink of collapse while those in developed and developing states differ greatly in their reactions to the devastating disease from denial to the suggestion of aggressive action.  
Country Report of the Russian Federation on the Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS The first case of HIV was identified in the Russian Federation in 1987.  Until 1995, the infection primarily spread through sexual contact, mainly through unprotected homosexual intercourse.  At that time, there was a steady increase in the number of HIV-positive people with 100-150 new cases registered per year. Pdf 864 kb

Economic Consequences of HIV in Russia

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HIV and AIDS in the Former Soviet Bloc The first public announcement of cases of HIV infection in the former Soviet Union came in the mid-1980s and was greeted with denial and derision: many believed that AIDS could not happen there and that it must therefore be limited to homosexuals, drug addicts, and other “deviants,” as well as black Africans and foreign tourist.  Some believed that HIV was developed by developed by the United States as part of the Cold War, to be “tested” on marginalized persons who led a disorderly sexual life. 160 kb pdf
HIV Erupts in Russia Across Russia, widespread ignorance and stigma surrounding the disease still facilitate the isolation of people with HIV. The vulnerability and instability of drug users, sex workers and street children makes these groups especially hard to mobilize  
Natasha Trade: Transnational Sex Trafficking Trafficking in women and girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation is a shadow market valued at US $7 billion annually.  Women are trafficked to, fro, and through every region in the world 401 kb pdf
Natasha Trade: The Transnational Shadow Market of Trafficking in Women Trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual exploitation is a multi-billion dollar shadow market.  Women are trafficked to, from, and though every region in the world using methods that have become new forms of slavery.  The value of the global trade in women as commodities for sex industries is estimated to be between seven and 12 billion dollars annually. 79 kb pdf
Positively Abandoned: Stigma and Discrimination against HIV-positive Mothers and their Children in Russia Russia is home to one of the fastest-growing and potentially massive AIDS epidemics in the world, but the government has done little to address the problem.  As a result, the Russian public today, though highly educated, is almost as ignorant of HIV and how it is spread as it was ten years ago, when AIDS was hardly known in Russia Pdf 303 kb
RUSSIA: "Growing Number of Army Draftees Have HIV" The UNAIDS report said 0.8 percent of Russia's military, or 96,000 out of 1.2 million, have HIV/AIDS.  
Russia’s HIV/AIDS Crisis Russia is part of the ‘second wave’ of states being struck by HIV/AIDS, and the epidemic threatens to devastate the country.  Although the prevalence of the virus in Russia is currently not nearly as severe as that of sub-Saharan African states, the growth of the infection rate in Russia is second in the world only to Ukraine. 148 kb pdf
Russia-Monitoring & Evaluation of Nation HIV Prevention The main strengths of the monitoring and evaluation of the program include a united centralized system of AIDS Centers, which allows for monitoring and evaluation on the basis of annual report of AIDS Centers 42 kb pdf
RUSSIA: "Rights Group Says HIV-Positive Pregnant Women, Babies Face Discrimination in Russia" Official data show more than 9,500 HIV-positive women had given birth by February 2005. Of them, 10-20 percent had abandoned their babies, HRW said. Many of those children end up in segregated orphanages or hospital wards for HIV-positive children because of fear of contact with them.  
Russia-trafficking for sexual exploitation With the downturn in financial and economic conditions that has occurred over the last decade throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics, there are more and more children and women who are too vulnerable, too uninformed, or too desperate to prevent themselves from falling prey to the sex industry.  Many of them then discover that, once they have become a part of this trade, it is almost impossible to be extricated 463 kb pdf
Street Policing, Injecting Drug Use and Harm Reduction in a Russian City: A Qualitative Study of Police Perspectives We undertook a qualitative exploration of police perspectives on injecting drug use and needle and syringe access among injecting drug users (IDUs) in a Russian city that has witnessed explosive spread of HIV associated with drug injecting. Twenty seven in-depth qualitative interviews were conducted in May 2002 with police officers of varying rank who reported having regular contact with IDUs. Pdf 193 kb
The Future of AIDS: Grim Toll in Russia, China, and India HIV/AIDS is a disease at once amazingly virulent and shockingly new. Only a generation ago, it lay undetected. Yet in the past two decades, by the reckoning of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), about 65 million people have contracted the illness, and perhaps 25 million of them have already died. The affliction is almost invariably lethal: scientists do not consider a cure to be even on the horizon. For now, it looks as if AIDS could end up as the coming century's top infectious killer.  
Top Russian Official Says One In 25 Could Have HIV In Five Years The top Russian government HIV/AIDS expert, Vadim Pokrovsky of the Russian Center for AIDS Prevention and Treatment, said in a new report yesterday that at least 500,000 Russians have HIV and that as many as 1.5 million of the country's 147 million people may be infected.  
Supplying Women for the Sex Industry: Trafficking from the Russian Federation The Russian Federation is a major sending country for women trafficked into sex industries around the world.  Russian women are known to be in sex industries in over 50 different countries. 70 kb pdf
Ukraine-socio-economic impact Its potential social and economic impact Pdf 95 kb
Unsafe and Ignorant, Or How Russians Do Sex An average Russian’s thoughts on safe sex include the following maxim: Having sex while wearing a condom is like smelling flowers while wearing a gas mask. In Russia, gays and drug users make up the two highest-risk groups for contracting AIDS, but plenty other unpleasant maladies await the modern roaming heterosexual.  

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