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Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences pointed to the consequences of the law on LGBT propaganda for the situation with HIV Russian news EN

Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Pokrovsky predicted difficulties in detecting HIV due to the law on LGBT propaganda

Prohibition of LGBT propaganda in Russia may lead to difficulties in detecting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in homosexuals. On this consequence of the pending State Duma bill indicated Head of the Specialized Research Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of AIDS, Central Research Institute of Epidemiology Rospotrebnadzoracademician RAS Vadim Pokrovsky in an interview with the radio station “Moscow speaking”.

According to the doctor of medical sciences, homosexual men will begin to hide their orientation from specialists, which will make it difficult to carry out preventive measures. Pokrovsky emphasized that this would not significantly affect the situation with HIV. “Now, too, not all people who engage in homosexual relationships report this, so we always make certain adjustments at this point and believe that the incidence in this group is slightly higher than according to the statistics,” he explained.

However, the epidemiologist admitted that in the future these edits will have to be increased. In addition, in order to fully understand the situation with the spread of HIV in Russia, there will be a need for special studies.

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Formerly Pokrovsky declaredthat from 2020 to 2030, 660 thousand new cases of HIV are predicted to be detected in Russia. According to him, up to 1.5 million citizens are infected in the country, which is approximately one percent of the total population.

On October 27, the State Duma unanimously accepted in the first reading the draft law on the prohibition of LGBT propaganda. The document also provides for a ban on information calling for a sex change and propaganda of pedophilia. The bill affects the Internet, the media, books, audiovisual services, movies and advertising. The maximum penalty for legal entities is 10 million rubles.

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