In annexed Crimea within 8 months of this year, the incidence rate of the immunodeficiency virus increased by 15% compared with 2017, said the "Deputy Prime Ministers of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea" Alla Pashkunova.

According to her, the incidence of AIDS in Crimea is 20% higher than the Russian average rate.

“Within 8 months of the current year, the incidence rate per 100 thousand people is 41.15, which is 14.8% higher than the level of last year registration and 20% higher than the Russian average rate."

Totally 11 211 HIV-positive people are registered on dispensary in Crimea, 55% of whom receive antiretroviral therapy.

The lack of medical examination of the peninsula population for HIV infection is noted.

"A low coverage rates of HIV testing are noted in Kerch, Yalta, Alushta, Staryi Krym, and in regions like Bakhchisaray, Dzhankoy, Krasnoperekopsky, Pervomaysky, Razdolensky, and Saksky, as well as in Armyansk, Belogorsk, Leninsky and Simferopol districts," reported Pashkunova.

As QHA reported, in 2016, the increase in HIV infections in Crimea identified by the medical facilities was 10-12%. This was 5.3% more than in 2015.