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Release: July 9, 2001

Russian doctors to visit UI to discuss AIDS treatment, prevention

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A group of 12 Russian doctors will visit the University of Iowa

July 11-14 to learn more about AIDS prevention and treatment. The group is in the U.S. under the State Department International Visitor Program and is hosted locally by the Council of International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).

The number of registered HIV cases in Russia more than doubled from 1999 to 2000 with actual cases estimated to be much higher. Data show that drug use is the major cause of HIV's spread in Russia, with more than 90 percent of new registered cases being intravenous drug users. Experts predict that in a few years HIV will spread heavily through sexual contact. Services for the prevention and management of STDs and HIV are underdeveloped in Russia, and myths about the transmission of HIV abound.

These doctors from HIV, STD and drug addiction treatment centers, clinics and hospitals in Russia hope to learn about the best practices for preventing the spread of HIV and STDs, which could reduce the threat of AIDS in their country.

Jeanne Bock, R.N., the Iowa Coordinator for the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC), has arranged for the group to meet with doctors and nurses at University of Iowa Health Care. They will also visit the Johnson County Department of Public Health and ICARE. For a complete schedule of the group's activities in Iowa City, contact Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, at 335-0351.

The visiting doctors are: Dr. Yelena Alekseyeva, assistant professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Petersburg Pavlov Medical University; Dr. Aleksandr Arkhipov, Chief Dermatologist and STD Specialist, Kareliya Republic Clinic for Treatment of Skin and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Petrozavodsk; Dr. Aleksandr Andreyevich Khrist, Chief Doctor, City Clinic No. 2, Togliatti Chief Specialist, Department of Health, Togliatti City Government; Dr. Vladimir Mikhaylovich Kovalev, Chief Doctor, Magadan Regional Center for HIV Prevention and Treatment Executive Director, Anti-HIV Foundation, Magadan; Dr. Valeriy Viktorovich Kulagin, Chief Doctor, Krasnodar Kray Clinical Center for the Prevention of HIV and Infectious Diseases, Krasnodar; Dr. Tatyana Nikolayevna Melnikova, Chief Doctor, Vologda Regional Center for AIDS Prevention and Treatment, Vologda; Dr. Marina Viktorovna Mokiyenko, Deputy Chief Doctor, Sakhalin Center for AIDS Control and Prevention, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk; Dr. Viktor Valentinovich Sokolov, Chief Doctor, Perm Regional Center for AIDS Prevention Director, Perm Office, "No to Alcohol and Drug Addiction" NGO; Dr. Oleg Vladimirovich Taraskin, Deputy Chairman, The Governing Board Coordinator of Projects for HIV Prevention, Regional Center for Social Development, Saratov; Dr. Yelena Yuryevna Voytovskaya, Chief Psychotherapist, Department of Psychological and Social Counseling, Primorskiy Center for AIDS Prevention and Treatment, Vladivostok; Dr. Aleksandr Grigoryevich Yegorov, Deputy Chief Doctor for Infectious Disease, Municipal Hospital No. 40, Yekaterinburg; and Dr. Antonina Ivanovna Zherdeva, Chief Doctor and Founder, Khabarovsk Kray Center for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV and Infectious Diseases, Khabarovsk.