In 2014, because of the loss of control over certain regions of our country there are no official statistical data, which could be fully comparable with data in 2013. But in spite of this, one could argue that the flywheel of HIV/AIDS epidemic begins to spin again. According to the data of the first quarter of 2014, when the Ukrainian Center on Control over socially dangerous diseases was receiving full data from all regions of Ukraine, the number of new HIV cases increased by 6 percent over the first quarter in 2013. According to experts by the end of 2014 the epidemiological situation in our country became even more critical.
The growth of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine was triggered by the rapid destruction of the infrastructure of health care delivery and by closure of programs to address HIV/AIDS epidemic. Due to deterioration of an economic situation in our country, Ukrainians decrease condoms purchase – the most affordable and reliable means of protection against AIDS.
According to the largest condoms distributors in 2014 on average sales of all means of protection from infections sexually transmitted dropped 10% compare to 2013. Thus in the last quarter of 2014 monthly consumption of condoms decreased almost by 25 per cent against the same period in 2013. According to the forecast for 2015 market downturn will be even more significant.
Under the initiative of Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation the largest stakeholders of condoms market already confirmed the readiness to saturate the market with the most affordable and high-quality brands to increase the availability of condoms – first of all for young people.
ANTIAIDS Foundation is ready to improve the service by informing Ukrainians about condoms availability, placing at maps.in.ua a map that will show the largest (including round-the-clock ones) sales points of condoms in Ukraine. An updated map will be published before May 1, 2015.
Social service maps.in.ua was launched by Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation in cooperation with the Ukrainian office of Google on December 1, 2011, in the World AIDS Day. It is an online map of automatic machines for condoms sale and the points of testing for HIV based on the API Google technologies covering the whole Ukraine. To buy condoms and take an HIV test in any region of our country has become much easier, faster and more convenient with the launch of this project.
For detailed information, please, contact Pavel Piminov, Communications Director, Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation: +380 44 490 4805, P.Piminov@antiaids.org.