There are an estimated one million children and youth living on the streets in Russia, with up to 10,000 in St. Petersburg alone. Street youth in Russia have one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world. A study published in 2007 by HealthRight International (formerly Doctors of the World-USA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the City AIDS Center revealed that as many as 37.4% of street youth in St. Petersburg are HIV-positive. Factors such as injection drug use, unsafe sexual practices, homelessness, and orphanhood were prime drivers of HIV transmission in this group.
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