Advocate (06/02/92) No. 604, P. 27
American AIDS experts directed a training symposium in Moscow April 4-10.
More than 200 health-care workers, medical experts, and gay activists
from the former Soviet Union attended the symposium. The event was the
first AIDS conference in the country to specifically concentrate on
training health-care workers on social and psychological aspects of AIDS.
The American team included specialists in areas such as spirituality,
psychology, working with teenagers, holistic medicine, substance abuse,
and children and AIDS. Nikolay Struin, a doctor at the AIDS center in
the Russian city of Sverdiovsk, said, "The experience of the
Americans--how they've approached these issues and solved problems that
we haven't gotten to yet--is very useful for us." While fewer than 702
AIDS cases have been reported in the commonwealth and Baltic states,
epidemiologists think the actual number of AIDS cases may be ten times