Preventing HIV/STI Among Uniformed Services in Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine, September 2009-More than 600,000 members of Ukraine’s armed forces and law-enforcement agencies have benefitted from a programme to help reduce HIV/AIDS infections in the country. Ukraine has the highest levels of HIV/AIDS infections in Europe. Funded by the European Commission and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and other organizations, the HIV/STI awareness programme is part of a broader goal to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on Ukraine’s society and economy.
“Uniformed services, including defence and civil defence forces, are a highly vulnerable group to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) mainly due to their work environment, mobility, age and other facilitating factors that expose them to higher risk of HIV infection,” Katarina Rybalchenko, UNDP Ukraine’s programme manager, said.
The programme on "HIV/STI Prevention Among Uniformed Services in
"Since the project inception there has not been registered one single case of HIV infection in the Ukraine's Internal Troops, which number more than30,000 personnel," Colonel Georgiy Fedorchuk, Head of the Psychological Support Department of the Internal Troops of Ukraine, said.
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