Ukraine fights spreading HIV epidemic

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, a prisoner in a male prison is seen through a peephole where HIV-positive prisoners receive treatment, care and support in the town of Bucha outside Ukraine's capital Kiev. An estimated 230,000 Ukrainians, or about 0.8 percent of people aged 15 to 49 in a population of 46 million, are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Some 120,000 are in urgent need of anti-retroviral therapy, which can greatly prolong and improve the quality of their lives. But due to a lack of funds, less than a quarter are receiving the drugs, one of the lowest levels in the world. (Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Andrei Mandrykin, an inmate at Prison No. 85 outside Kiev, has HIV. He looks ghostly and much older than his 35 years. But Mandrykin is better off than tens of thousands of his countrymen, because is he receiving treatment amid what the World Health Organization says is the worst AIDS epidemic in Europe.



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