HIV testing kits in short supply in Crimea following annexation

Crimea is currently facing a shortage of HIV testing kits. Imported from abroad prior to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, testing kits are no longer brought in.

17 August 2015 15:52

The issue was discussed at the Territory of Senses in Klyazma forum attended by Head of Rospotrebnadzor (Russian sanitary authority).

“We used to have an HIV testing mobile unit, for which all HIV testing kits were provided by our foreign partners. After joining the Russian Federation, we brought up the matter with the State Council and were told in strict confidence that there were no HIV testing kits available in Crimea,” Crimean representatives told Anna Popova, Senior Sanitary Inspector of the Russian Federation.

Anna Popova promised to provide Crimean residents with HIV testing kits, TASS reports.

“We will certainly help you,” she said. A report released by the Federal Research and Methodological Center for Prevention and Control of AIDS in November 2014 suggests that the number of HIV-positive Russians is expected to increase by 30, 000 following Crimea’s annexation.