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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
GREECE: Doubled HIV Cases Add to Greek Woes

<p>Ivano Abbadessa</p>

June 18, 2013

West Welfare Society Territory (06.17.2013)
A report published in Lisbon by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction demonstrated that Greece’s HIV rates have risen by 200 percent since 2011. According to the report, the dramatic rise is due in particular to intravenous drug use within the country and deep cuts that have dismantled the national healthcare system and drug treatment programs. Thirteen hospitals are scheduled to close within the next few months and just in the Athens area alone, 4,000 physicians have emigrated from the country within the past three years.