New York Times (12.01.12)
Health officials in Greece warned of a huge increase in HIV infection in Athens, particularly among injecting drug users. Officials said that from 2008?2010, there were 10 to 14 new cases of HIV among drug users in Athens each year, but that the number had increased to 206 cases in 2011 and 487 by October of 2012. In the meantime, needle distribution programs are having difficulty finding funds. Greece is struggling through a financial crisis, which has led to deep cuts in health care and drug treatment programs. Marc Sprenger, director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, commented that the situation needed to be handled quickly to prevent it from spiraling out of control.