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    A year later, the shopkeeper was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and now state doctors have halted her cancer treatment because of unpaid social security and medical contributions.

    They also shut the door on her stroke rehabilitation therapy and refused to refill her prescriptions.

    HIV infections are soaring with experts anticipating a 52% rise for this year alone.

    Most of the increases have so far been attributed to intravenous drug users. By some accounts, the Lancet reported, users "deliberately self-infect" to gain access to benefits of 700 euros a month and faster admission onto drug substitute programmes.

    Other HIV carriers have been infected because of unsafe sexual practices.

    "It's crazy what's happening out there on the streets," says Elizabeth Kanellopoulou, president of the union of Greek prostitutes. "Prices have dropped, more boys and girls have taken to the trade...

    "What was a must until recently - the use of a condom - is now almost nowhere."

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