Financial crisis has serious public health consequences

The Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 241 new HIV infections in 2011 and 522 in 2012, compared to an incidence of 15 in 2010.

In a commentary, the experts said the outbreak followed a rise in drug users switching from inhaling to injecting amphetamines and other stimulants, as well as a rise in needle-sharing.

Austerity measures and budget cuts could have contributed to the HIV outbreak with falls in harm reduction strategies, including syringe exchanges dropping by 10% and condom handouts dropping by 25%, they