The HIV epidemic in Russia is driven largely by injecting drug use. PSI surveys show that Russian youth begin experimenting with drugs between the ages of 12 and 14 and injecting drugs between the ages of 14 and 17. Among young people aged 11 to 24, 13-15% use illegal psychoactive substances. This is equivalent to 4 to 6 million youth in Russia. Disadvantaged teens have limited access to drug-free, constructive environments and to accurate information about HIV and drug use risks.
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