Half Of New Greek HIV Cases Are Self-Inflicted To Receive €700 Per Month Benefits, Study Finds

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Update: it appears the WHO made a modest misrepresentation:

In September 2013, WHO/Europe published “Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region”. The report incorrectly states that, in Greece: “HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month and faster admission on to drug substitution programmes”.


In fact, what is accurate to say is that slightly more than half of the Greece’s new HIV cases are among those who inject drugs. WHO recognizes that there is no evidence suggesting that deliberate self-infection with HIV goes beyond a few anecdotal cases. The statement is the consequence of an error in the editing of the report, for which WHO apologizes.

That clears that up. However as of this posting, nobody has issued any retractions on the surging incidence of suicides, although that should at least be bullish for undertakers.

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When one reads the following stunning, and tragic, excerpt from the World Health Organization's recent report "Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region: final report" what can one say but... Grecovery.

From the WHO:

Case study: countries’ experiences of financial crisis - Greece


Suicides rose by 17% between 2007 and 2009 and to 25% in 2010, according to unofficial 2010 data (398). The Minister of Health reported a further 40% rise in the first half of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010. Suicide attempts have also increased, particularly among people reporting economic distress (610). Homicide and theft rates have doubled. HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month and faster admission on to drug-substitution programmes. Prostitution has also risen, probably as a response to economic hardship. Health care access has declined as hospital budgets have been cut by about 40% (398) and it is estimated that 26 000 public health workers (9100 doctors) will lose their jobs (611). Further cuts are expected as a result of recent negotiations with the IMF and European Central Bank.

But at least they have the Euro.

h/t @timmyconspiracy

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Just those Goldman boys doing God's work again!

Oh wait...

hedgeless_horseman's picture



"My future is so bright I've got to get AIDS."

BaBaBouy's picture

Raped And Murdered By The Illustrious ""EURO"" ...

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Nobody knows which came first: the economic crisis tearing Greece apart or shisha, the drug now known as the "cocaine of the poor". What everyone does accept is that shisha is a killer. And at €2 or less a hit, it is one that has come to stalk Greece, the country long on the frontline of Europe's financial meltdown.


"As drugs go, it is the worst. It burns your insides, it makes you aggressive and ensures that you go totally mad," said Maria, a former heroin addict. "But it is cheap and it is easy to get, and it is what everyone is doing."



maskone909's picture

Wastin away again from havin AIDS and stuff

BaBaBouy's picture


(Is It ANOTHER GOLDman Invention???) 


The drug of preference for thousands of homeless Greeks forced on to the streets by poverty and despair, shisha is described by both addicts and officials as a variant of crystal meth whose potential to send users into a state of mindless violence is underpinned by the substances with which the synthetic drug is frequently mixed: battery acid, engine oil and even shampoo.

Worse still, it is not only readily available, but easy to make – tailor-made for a society that despite official prognostications of optimism, and fiscal progress, on the ground, at least, sees little light at the end of the tunnel.

"It is a killer but it also makes you want to kill," Konstantinos, a drug addict, told Vice. "You can kill without understanding that you have done it … And it is spreading faster than death. A lot of users have died."

For Charalampos Poulopoulos, the head of Kethea, Greece's pre-eminent anti-drug centre, shisha symbolises the depredations of a crisis that has spawned record levels of destitution and unemployment. It is, he said, an "austerity drug" – the best response yet of dealers who have become ever more adept at producing synthetic drugs designed for those who can no longer afford more expensive highs from such drugs as heroin and cocaine.

Richard Chesler's picture

But we can still the "Euro" a success right? right?

Pure Evil's picture

Its time to take advantage of the ability to migrate freely within the European Union. My advice, move to England and take advantage of the generous welfare benefits. Might want to take advantage while you can before all the East European Roma suck up all the available welfare rentals.

Ghordius's picture

because currency devaluation is the solution? right?

edotabin's picture

Devaluation is not a solution. It is a band-aid that politicians use to cover up their crooked schemes, corruption and general pandering to the irresponsible actions of the ignorant public in an effort to "buy" votes. Devaluation works because it eases people into their new reality of being able to afford less and less. The Greek people were "eased" into this by 35-40 years of loose monetray policies, high expectations of government support and tons of jobs being handed out in the public sector which were moslty unnecessary and corrupt in nature. You do not/cannot correct 40 years of errors in 2. It simply cannot happen.

Most here know that failure is baked into the system and it is also the reason why you will never really see a "10% surplus" ammendment passed in any country on a permanent basis. You need to run a suprlus just to break even. There is always some reason given to go into debt and always some croney economist who will predict "growth" in the coming years in an attempt to cover up/paper over/justify the deficits. HORSE POOP!

People have reached the point to where they see contracting AIDS as a means to life/live in the year 2013 and you're defending this with the great ideals of the Euro? If you cannot grasp the gravity of this, there is nothing else to say.


NooooB's picture

Willful spreading of dis-information! Makes me wonder what else on ZH might be bullshit?...



bania's picture

redefining the phrase "The Gift".

Skateboarder's picture

Hooray for taking the name of hookah tobacco and assigning it to a killer drug.

Skateboarder's picture

I knows, but average monkey don't care for etymological origins. Imagine being a regular non-druggie hookah-smoking Greek yute asked by a friend if he wants to go smoke some shisha these days...

Obchelli's picture

Long needles, Short condoms (In Greece)

Jlasoon's picture

Nothing like "mainlining" some human immunodeficiency virus for breakfast.


Next up the bubonic plague suppository for the illutrious Obamaphone.   

Offthebeach's picture

Cash For Clunkers.
Human style.
Win win.
Stimulate high tech health sector, like car dealerships. Stim the lobby paying big pharma, like thd auto manufactures, and kill off the surplus humans buy incentivizing them at a cheaper rate then the Bank/state security forces would cost.
Krugman would appro ve.

RSloane's picture

Greece was already crumbling under its own debt weight when Goldman Sachs came along and helped them falsify their economic reports for entry into the EU. Entry into the EU assured Greece that their debt burden will be chronic and constant with no hope of effectively restructuring nor the self-reassessment needed to fix their own economic problems. It would have been far far better for Greece to have not sought admission into the EU and concentrate on Greek survival in terms they could live with. Iceland decided for the betterment of Iceland and its citizens. Now the worst is behind them. In Greece, the worst is yet to come.

Take note, Americans. we are paying the same people for the same Greek solution. If you believe that the US can continue to provide welfare for half its citizens and expand health care at the expense of the working class, Greece has an island they can sell you.


Pure Evil's picture

Yeah, and a shiite load of Merxicans already put a huge down payment on the island that's idyllically called Obama.

HomeGamer's picture

Desperate Crazy Madness Of Crowds, Coming very soon to a USA near you. 

0b1knob's picture

"Stupid is as stupid does"  Forrest Gump

XAU XAG's picture



This is what will solve the too many humans per Job!

WOAR's picture

Well, it looks like the eugenics plans are working. People are giving themselves fatal diseases that will kill them in a few years in exchange for money.

On top of that, the hospitals can't even provide care for them, so these people are sure to die within the next 3-7 years.

This is going to be an interesting decade.

tarsubil's picture

Hmm, seems like another opportunity to get people dependent on subsidized ART. Bullish for big pharma.

Freddie's picture

It is genocide.   If you try to fight back against the leftist elites - they will target your group as right wing nazis and send out assasins on motorocycles.  The Greeks need to get out of the Euro and EUSSR.

Oh and the story today is the Greek govt is going to build a mosque with taxpayer money because muslims might be offended because there is no mosque.  These people have been fighting back against Islam for 1400 years,

S.N.A.F.U.'s picture

Politician #1: "Let's dangle 700 euros/month in front of people so we can weed out the stupid ones by getting them to give themselves HIV."

Stupid voters: "Fuck you, you evil asshole."


Politician #2: "Let's give people with HIV 700 euros/month to help them out."

Stupid voters: "That's the humane thing to do!"


Never mind that the policy is the same in both cases.  When it comes to stupid voters, it's really hard for actual outcomes to trump stated intent.

SemperFord's picture

No matter how bad ones situation is, that is Sick!

XAU XAG's picture

As Gerald Celente has said


When peeps have nothing to lose ............they lose it!


Not try to be funny


It's a Greek tragedy!

Bobbyrib's picture

Absolutely, hopefully Americans wake up before we hit this point and hunt down those responsible. No wonder Golden Dawn is becoming so popular there.

yogibear's picture

Now if the banksters could get infected....

youngman's picture

"Prostitution has also risen.....probably as a response to economic hardships".....ya don't say....no they do it because they like sex...

youngman's picture

Bookers got all the money...and its probably for a new XBox anyway

blueRidgeBoy's picture

just be sure to cook the soylent green before eating...

Jlasoon's picture

"You know. When I was a kid food was food. Before our scientific magicians poisoned the water, polluted the soil. Decimated plant and animal life. Why, in my day you could buy meat anywhere. Eggs, they had. Real butter. Fresh lettuce".


Joe A's picture

I don't get it. Instead of killing themselves they should take out some of the people that got them into this mess. You know, go out with a bang and with some glory instead of gory.

Azannoth's picture

King Leonidas said it best ".. fucking Boy-lovers"

markar's picture

Maybe  that's the plan. AIDS give them some time to sharpen their swords while getting paid along the way

jrpuffnstuff's picture

I don't fucking buy it.  This sounds like bullshit.

Seasmoke's picture

Need to take those needles and start pricking the pricks. 

yogibear's picture

The version in Russia is resistant to known ant-virals.

Azannoth's picture

Nature never fails! This is Darwinism at work!

jpc578's picture

"Free" money is the most addictive and dangerous drug of them all.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Why would you get money for having the HIV?

How much do you get for Syphilis? Toe fungus?

Funny how some special diseases have an almost reverant cachet.  Got the AIDS? No worries, we'll burn 100 billion trying to find a cure for ya! No one know, sadly, how to prevent getting AIDS.  Cancer? Well, that's not as important as the Heroic Disease called AIDS. And those that somehow get it.

adr's picture

Soon you'll find that people everywhere are quitting their shitty jobs just so they can go on government benefits that pay five times more.

Oh wait, that too has happened.

I feel like Doctor Evil.

"I will create an overly complex health care insurance exchange system, which will drive insurance premiums beyond the affordable range for 90% of the population and completely disrupt the economy. Unless the government pays me $100 BILLION DOLLARS!"

Dr. Evil, that too has already happened. Secondly $100 billion isn't a lot of money anymore. The Fed prints $85 billion a month and hands it to banks.