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The Umbrella Network: AIDS, STD prevention, and prostitution on the eastern border of Germany
Elfriede Steffan and Michael F. Kraus
ByAIDS, STD prevention, and prostitution on the eastern border of Germany Background
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Background Europe has grown into a community embracing a wide range of political, economic and social environments in the North, South, East and West. These differences influence health and social policies in general and the strategies to prevent certain epidemics in particular. This becomes evident when we examine in detail the various prejudices, religious opinions and political motives regarding subjects like drug use and STDs. From a public health point of view it is imperative to develop a Pan-European strategy regarding infectious diseases, including a European approach to AIDS prevention.