HIV epidemic began in Ekaterinburg. The city health department reports about it in the official statement. Almost 27 thousand inhabitants are carriers of the human immunodeficiency virus. 342 children with a confirmed diagnosis are among them.

According to the doctors, infection occurs as a result of drug use or sexual contact.

As Tatyana Savinova says, a deputy head of health department of Ekaterinburg, 1.8% of the citizens is already infected with HIV. This means that every fiftieth Ekaterinburg’s inhabitant is the carrier of the human immunodeficiency virus.

On statistics, Sverdlovsk region ranks first place among the cities of the Russian Federation of the number of people infected with HIV.

Last October the Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova said that the threat of mass HIV infection might occur in Russia. It is necessary to take the urgent measures for the stabilization of the epidemiological situation in the regions of the country.