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Greece HIV Remedies Hit as Crisis Threatens Drug Curbs

Greece’s efforts to control its debt crisis threaten to hobble the fight against an outbreak of HIV that has become the largest among drug users in the European Union.

The nation’s Organization Against Drugs, or Okana, may close treatment centers after its budget was more than halved to 18 million euros ($23.5 million) this year from about 40 million euros in 2011, said Meni Malliori, Okana’s president. That’s jeopardizing progress the group has made in almost tripling the number of centers it operates in Athens to help arrest new infections.