As of July 1, 2007, there are 494,074 registered HIV Infected people in Russia. This information was revealed yesterday by the Minister of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, Tatyana Golikova. She made this announcement during an address at a results meeting for implementation of national projects, RIA "Novosti" reports.
It was separately mentioned that of these numbers of HIV infected are 4,165 children under the age of 15. For the complete observation period, 68,168 HIV carriers have died for various reasons, and, among them, 15,122 people have died from AIDS.
Golikova did not mention any figures on the spread of the infection among homosexuals. Official statistics from the Russian government in this category of citizens have yet to be published.
Translated by Timithy Grishin