Rising Death in the Streets of Athens: The Human Toll of the Greek Tragedy
While the Greek government has been reluctant to pass reforms that would hit the country’s oligarch families who control the financial sector, it was fast to cut social programmes and welfare by 40%, introduce patient fees for all outpatient visits, and slash the salaries of hospital staff. As a result, the country has witnessed an alarming surge in intravenous drug usage, prostitution and HIV infections.
Until 2010, HIV infections amongst injecting drug users (IDU) were 10 to 15 per year. In 2011, this number jumped to 256, while in the first half of 2012 an additional 314 cases were reported, the Stockholm-based European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported. This represents a total increase of almost 1,500%. Read the entire story.
- Frightening update on the situation facing drug users in Greece. With everything we know about HIV prevention - with the countless deaths since the beginning of the epidemic - it is unacceptable that ANY government isn’t willing to provide the resources essential for preventing HIV and promoting health for ALL people. This article is accompanied by numerous graphic photographs that unfortunately read a little more like drug porn than profiles of multifaceted people…but they are still interesting nonetheless.