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Romania Must Do More To Prevent HIV

Valentin Simionov, executive director of the Romanian Harm Reduction Network, writes in Open Society Foundations’ “Voices” blog, “Romania is currently experiencing a spike in HIV rates that hits hardest among the most vulnerable populations, such as people who use drugs. Meanwhile, Romanians find themselves caught between a lack of clear national commitments to HIV prevention, and diminishing funds for HIV responses in the context of European and global austerity. … There is no cure yet for AIDS, but there are demonstrated ways to prevent HIV transmission. Romania must provide the necessary funds for these, and so help cure the other crisis in our country — indifference…” (1/24).