RBC reports that the Russian authorities are ready to increase funding for the program to combat the spread of HIV: in 2016-2020, an additional 52.9 billion rubles will be allocated for this, that is, about 13.2 billion annually.
Recently, the government approved the first HIV strategy: the document outlines the measures that are planned to be taken in the next four years, but the amount of funding is not specified. At the disposal of RBC was a financial and economic justification for the draft strategy, the authenticity of which was confirmed by a source close to the government.
The text of the strategy states that in 2015, 26.3% of people with HIV-positive status received antiretroviral therapy. Without additional funding, their share will reach 38.3%, but with “appropriate funding” it can reach 90%. This is in line with the global HIV strategy developed by the World Health Organization: according to experts, the HIV epidemic will end if 90% of HIV infections are detected, 90% of those infected will receive antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of people on treatment will achieve viral suppression (this is means there is no detectable virus in their blood).