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July 21, 2010

HIV infections soar amongst Eastern European 'street youth' "As many as 40% of young people living on the streets in some areas of Eastern Europe are infected with HIV, according to doctors, activists and UNICEF representatives presenting at the Eighteenth International AIDS Conference in Vienna this week. While HIV rates among this population were previously unknown, incidence studies conducted over the last five years have shed new light on this burgeoning epidemic.

A report released by UNICEF on Monday (Blame and Banishment: The underground HIV epidemic affecting children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia) is the first of its kind to comprehensively outline the health, social and economic issues fueling the numbers of young people living on the street, as well as the HIV rates within the population"