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Perspective – Russia’s Silent Epidemic: Diplomatic Opportunities for Addressing HIV/AIDS

Perspective – Russia’s Silent Epidemic: Diplomatic Opportunities for Addressing HIV/AIDS

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This report examines the problem of HIV/AIDS in Russia, discussing the national security issues associated with the epidemic. It argues that Russia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic has grown to a level that severely threatens the stability of the country’s economy, culture, and military. The lack of recognition or effective policy surrounding this issue in Russia is attributable to the significant stigmatization of HIV/AIDS as a disease—a variable which further complicates outside efforts to manage the epidemic. However, it is in the best humanitarian and national security interests of the United States to attempt to effectively manage Russia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic, as such efforts will not only prevent international instability, but potentially serve to partially thaw the tense U.S.-Russia Relationship.

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