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India: HIV Patients Stage Protest Against Drug Scarcity

March 13, 2014

This article was reported by Times of India.

The Times of India reported that a disparity in the amount of HIV medication supplied to patients from differing organizations has prompted a protest. HIV patients were angered that the Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) only gives a week's supply of medication, while the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) gives a month's supply. Protesters argued this causes a burden of frequent trips to treatment centers. The protest took place at MSACS headquarters on March 13. MSACS provides free HIV drug treatments to all HIV patients throughout the state, but is not working to curb the shortage of the HIV medications. "Patients from as far as Nagpur and Sindhudurg and several other parts of the state have to travel every week to Mumbai to get these medicines. They cannot do this forever managing their jobs and concealed HIV status at workplaces or risk losing their jobs and dignities, because of the stigma attached to the illness," said one of the patients.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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