Dramatic rise in Russian HIV figures

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The number of people testing positive for HIV dramatically increased in Russia over the past year, officials said.

The Health Ministry said 1,031 new cases have been registered in 1996. Of these, 802 people were intravenous drug users who became infected by sharing needles, it said. According to the report, carried by the Interfax news agency, 2,316 HIV cases, including 287 children, have been registered in the country since 1987. The number of people diagnosed as actually having Aids, the last stage of the disease, stands at 248, including 102 children, it said. AP - Moscow