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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