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Vincente Fox: Mexico to Subsidize Drugs for All AIDS Patients

August 6, 2003

On Tuesday, Mexican President Vicente Fox said his administration would extend medication subsidies to "100 percent" of the country's AIDS patients by the end of the year. About 10,000 AIDS patients in Mexico who cannot afford to pay for their own treatment already receive government funding for medications. It was not clear exactly how many more patients would receive subsidies under the plan Fox announced. Fox did not clarify whether those who have HIV would also be eligible, or if they will have to wait until they develop AIDS. The Health Department estimates that between 116,000 and 177,000 Mexicans were living with HIV/AIDS last year.

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