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In the Stop AIDS van, they are also thinking of life and death. Around 15 per cent of the drug users they test turn out to have Hepatitis B or C. None has yet tested positive for HIV but it can only be a matter of time. And if the virus takes hold among this group, the conditions will already be there for it to spread fast and far.<br />
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Albania's HIV epidemic is concentrated among injecting drug users and other high-risk groups, but has the potential to spread into the rest of the population. The NGO Stop AIDS, supported by UNICEF, offers information and health services to heroin addicts in the capital Tirana to reduce their chances of becoming infected.

In the Stop AIDS van, they are also thinking of life and death. Around 15 per cent of the drug users they test turn out to have Hepatitis B or C. None has yet tested positive for HIV but it can only be a matter of time. And if the virus takes hold among this group, the conditions will already be there for it to spread fast and far.

Albania's HIV epidemic is concentrated among injecting drug users and other high-risk groups, but has the potential to spread into the rest of the...
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