The chief doctor of the Aktyubinsk regional centre for preventing and treating HIV-AIDS, Raisa Logvinova, warned this week that the registration of 1,200 HIV-infected people in the neighbouring Orenburg region of Russia signalled a distinct threat of the spread of HIV in Kazakhstan. The proximity of Orenburg had led the regional authorities to immediately evaluate the risk to Aktyubinsk, and to establish HIV diagnosis and testing systems, the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency reported on Monday. A total of eight people are currently registered as HIV-positive in Aktyubinsk, from a population of some 680,000, it said. Kazakhstan now had over 1,000 identified cases of HIV infection, with 121 new cases registered in the first half of this year, the report added.
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