With an epidemic in the making, Russian scientists come to Yale for training in HIV prevention.
For decades the Iron Curtain limited personal freedoms within the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, as well as social exchanges between East and West. Until it fell in the early 1990s, it also kept at bay the HIV/AIDS epidemic sweeping Western Europe. The number of new HIV infections in Russia hovered at only 200 a year. By 1996, however, largely due to injection-drug use, the number of cases rose to 1,546. Last year 18,140 new cases were reported in Russia, where health authorities expect that total HIV infections will reach a million by the year 2002.