The Raging Spread of HIV Infection in the Children and Adolescents of the Irkutsk District of Siberia

By Svetlana N. Shugaeva, Alla G. Petrova and Igor V. Zaitsev.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Analysis of the medical documentation and statistics of the decade-long HIV epidemic in the Irkutsk District reveal the ongoing ravages of the disease upon both thousands of adolescents using psychoactive substances and children born to the most productively active HIV-infected women. As the annual growth in the number of HIV-infected individuals among pregnant women has been tracked, the birth rate of children having contact with HIV infection in the perinatal period has increased year by year. In 2009 in the Irkutsk District there were 733 children born from HIV-infected mothers.

Keywords: HIV-Infection, HIV-Positive Mothers, Children, Adolescents, Epidemiological Situation, Irkutsk District

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.83-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 746.598KB).

Dr. Svetlana N. Shugaeva

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Pulmonology, Irkutsk State Medical University, Irkutsk, Irkutsk, Russian Federation

Svetlana N. Shugaeva obtained a MD and a PhD from Irkutsk State Medical University. Currently she is a consulting physician with the Irkutsk State Hospital for Infectious Diseases, in addition to her faculty positions in the Irkutsk State Medical University.

Dr. Alla G. Petrova

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Infections, Irkutsk State Medical University, Irkutsk, Irkutsk, Russian Federation

Alla G. Petrova is an Associate Professor at Irkutsk Medical University. In addition to her faculty position she is a consulting physician with both the Irkutsk Regional Center of Prevention and Struggle Against AIDS and the Irkutsk State Hospital for Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Igor V. Zaitsev

Assistant Professor, Science Department, Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York, New York, NY, USA

Igor V. Zaitsev is a biologist with a PhD from Irkutsk State University, Russia. He did his postdoctoral studies at Yale University School of Medicine. He is currently teaching Microbiology at BMCC, The City University of New York.