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NGO reports lack of HIV drugs in Venezuela

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Ditador da Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, durante declarações no Palácio de Miraflores, em Caracas
Venezuela’s dictator, Nicolás Maduro, during statements at the Miraflores Palace, in Caracas | Photo: EFE/ Prensa Miraflores

The Venezuelan NGO Citizen Action against AIDS (ACCSI) said this Monday (20) that patients living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reported shortages of antiretroviral drugs in most parts of the country.

The organization reiterated the importance of ensuring continuity of treatment for HIV positive people, who thanks to these drugs can lead a productive life and, in many cases, become non-transmissible carriers of the virus.

The executive director of ACCSI, Alberto Nieves, told Agência Efe that this shortage is occurring in most states from the country.

He also explained that the antiretrovirals are in Venezuela, in a warehouse managed by the Ministry of Health, in the central state of Miranda, however, so far, they have not been distributed to pharmacies of the public health system.

He explained that thanks to international cooperation, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in addition to UNICEF, the country received donations of antiretrovirals, which benefited more than 60 one thousand people, including minors, women and men with HIV.

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