AIDS Victims Not Forgotten in Haiti Quake Chaos
January 26, 2010
Ghiesko (Haitian Group for Studies in Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) is one of the oldest HIV/AIDS clinics in the world, founded by Cornell University's William Pape in Port-au-Prince soon after the epidemic began in 1981. The group's 28 centers care for roughly half of all Haitians receiving antiretroviral treatment, or about 12,000 patients. And since Haiti's devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, it has continued to provide care for thousands of people.
After the quake, Ghiesko took to the radio to notify HIV/AIDS patients they could continue to access care and treatment, and it arranged carpools to bring them from their neighborhoods to its clinics. "It's a real pleasure for us health workers to see our patients come here despite what has befallen them," nurse Naomi Jean-Charles said as she dispensed medications to dozens of people waiting in line.
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This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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