A young patient plays with a toy truck in an infectious diseases hospital in Moscow. Fewer than half of Russians with HIV are taking antiretroviral drugs, in part because of a conspiracy theory that the Aids-causing virus is a myth invented by the West. Photo: Agence France-Presse
A young patient plays with a toy truck in an infectious diseases hospital in Moscow. Fewer than half of Russians with HIV are taking antiretroviral drugs, in part because of a conspiracy theory that the Aids-causing virus is a myth invented by the West. Photo: Agence France-Presse
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Russia’s HIV epidemic is fuelled by virus deniers, who think it’s all a Western hoax

Fewer than half of the 900,000 Russians with HIV are taking antiretroviral drugs

A young patient plays with a toy truck in an infectious diseases hospital in Moscow. Fewer than half of Russians with HIV are taking antiretroviral drugs, in part because of a conspiracy theory that the Aids-causing virus is a myth invented by the West. Photo: Agence France-Presse
A young patient plays with a toy truck in an infectious diseases hospital in Moscow. Fewer than half of Russians with HIV are taking antiretroviral drugs, in part because of a conspiracy theory that the Aids-causing virus is a myth invented by the West. Photo: Agence France-Presse
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