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WHO supplies HIV drugs to Ukraine

Logo at the entrance of the WHO building in Geneva, Switzerland, December 20, 2021. (Artwork: Reutrs)

WHO, together with the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Ukrainian government and other partners, has purchased 209,000 courses of TLD-based antiretroviral drugs.

Ukraine has an estimated 260,000 people living with HIV in the country, the second highest rate in Europe after Russia. And before Moscow launched a special military operation in Ukraine, about half of them were being treated with antiviral drugs.

In March, the United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) warned that there was only enough medicine available to treat HIV patients in Ukraine to last less than a month.

“This skirmish has the potential to undermine the progress that has been hard made in recent years on a number of health issues, including HIV. We can’t let that happen now that Ukraine has taken the stand. the first to make much progress in the fight against HIV,” said WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge.

Although there is no cure for HIV, antiretroviral drugs can control the virus and prevent sexually transmitted disease to others. Any interruption in the process HIV treatment All of these can lead to complications, including drug resistance.

According to WHO, the first batch of HIV drugs has crossed the Polish border into Ukraine and is about to be transported to HIV service facilities across Ukraine.

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