HIV came late to Samara. Now it"s making up for lost time…Not long ago 3000 HIV-infected people were registered on the books of epidemiologists in Samara region, by the end of December they were 5397, the date 17.11.2005 displayed a figure of 25 209 people, 9 565 in Samara, 10 596 in Togliatti.
Togliatti and Samara are approaching the record that has produced shocking results! Although, an impression is given, that no one feels the state of alarm in Samara region. The process seems to be moving in parallel dimension - a number of infected people grows day by day - this is one side of question, authorities of different levels keep on talking of government programs, concepts, plans, measures - that is the other side. And nobody wants to exclaim: "Disaster! Tragedy!".
We have to do something immediately! Can anyone tell us, WHAT? (Only in Russian)
Nowadays everyone understands that the HIV-infection and AIDS problem is indivisible from the problem of drug addiction. Anyway, for Samara region statistics growth of HIV-infected people is directly connected with drug addicts. That is why, with help of this project we decided to provide you with information we possess on the problem of drug addiction.
And then arises a sound question: "Drug addiction. What is it?" (Only in Russian)
As sound and natural appears an issue on sexually transmitted diseases (STD), as one of risk factors of HIV-infection contraction, in Section "About THIS" (Only in Russian).
Therefore, today we name our problem as: Drugs and AIDS, Drug corruption (Only in Russian)
Who we are and why we need this
Apparently, it is necessary to provide clear answers to these simple questions.
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Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, people!
The problem of AIDS is long ahead of national ambits and has become worldwide. In Russia with its wide expanses and low level of information distribution among population the danger of AIDS growth became obvious. Its concomitant is drug addiction, a fearsome phenomenon accelerating in our country, which would not retreat without fight. What scares most is the fact that majority of these problems" victims are young people that have to become the future of human civilization.
We do not think to have a right to compete with state and large medical organizations in a struggle against AIDS and drug addiction; we do not pose this problem to ourselves either. Quite the contrary, we are sure that the more effort is made in a fight against AIDS and drug addiction, the fewer lives will be devoured by these fatal diseases.
The direction we took is not a medical one, either. Being specialists on mass media we decided to contribute all we can into struggle against "plague of the 20th century" and drug addiction on our professional field - information field.
After all, in spite of efforts of all interested parties, the number of deceased of AIDS and drug addiction, diseased people and virus carriers constantly increases. The trouble consists, in part, in the fact that people do not wish or do not have access to the information, which would help protect them from infection.
Our site offers a great deal of materials on the matter, history, problems, medicine, prevention of AIDS and drug addiction in different formats: information, advice, answers to questions, collection of links to other sites.
We also try to fill up another "black hole" - files of regional information (in Russia), responsible organizations deliberately or unknowingly do not bring to people"s notice its figures. Local officials who do not wish "to wash dirty linen in public" widely employ words like "relatively", "percentage wise", "approximately", "generally". It is no secret, that for anyone "charity begins at home". People are little concerned about diseases raging somewhere overseas or in Africa. But if you show them a full and exact statistical report on AIDS and drug addiction, their attitude towards these problems (one can be sure) will change.
Here we offer materials on "AIDS and drugs" that we have found. We would gratefully receive from you any additional information on the newest publications in mass media on this topic.
Contacts: Director general of Independent non-commercial organization "News agency "Your Choice - Samara" A. Barychev