PLACE in Russia: Identifying Gaps in HIV Prevention in St. Petersburg, 2002.

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Year: 2004

Researchers used the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) method to identify specific sites within St. Petersburg, Russia, where people meet to find sexual partners and to inject drugs. Russia has one of the highest HIV incidence rates in the world, and the current HIV/AIDS epidemic is strongly concentrated among injecting-drug users. The PLACE method was implemented in three areas of St. Petersburg from April to August, 2002. Community informants identified 350 sites in venues where people met to inject drugs and meet new sexual partners. Researchers then interviewed people and assessed HIV/AIDS prevention capabilities at these sites. This 105-page report presents the results of this research and offers recommendations on how to target St. Petersburg’s high-risk populations in an effective and cost-efficient manner.

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