HIV, drugs and prisons in Russia. Anya Sarang. Russia. estimated 2 mln IDUs 1,5 estimated HIV cases HIV prevalence in IDUs reaches 75% in some cities HCV prevalence reaches 90% Available drug treatment outdated, ineffective, substitution banned No gov’t funded HIV prevention.
Drugs were around but you see a syringe is a
forbidden thing... With drugs it is possible to hide them
somehow, somewhere, but well, how do you hide a
syringe? So, if someone somehow got hold of a
syringe—maybe they brought it in or stole it
from the medical centre—then it was just
superachievement. Then that syringe would do
the rounds and rounds and rounds of the whole
camp. And then you get loads of syphilis, AIDS
and . . . Someone would shoot up once and then in
the course of the next 2 months about 20 people
would be in the isolation ward with viral hepatitis.
(Barnaul, male, 18)
Stop treatment on release:
Fear: People are afraid to complaint and protect their rights!
Learn about prisons in Russia from first-hand personal testimonials!