HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care Improving in Haiti, Despite Political Instability, Violence
August 15, 2006
Treatment and care for people living with HIV/AIDS in Haiti is starting to improve despite political instability, gang violence and frequent kidnappings, the Miami Herald reports. The number of people receiving antiretroviral treatment has increased to almost 8,000 since 2003, when foreign aid started to come into the country. In addition, access to testing and care for HIV-positive people who do not yet need antiretrovirals is increasing nationwide, and the country is expected to achieve universal access to care by 2008, the Herald reports. "The prospects for controlling the AIDS epidemic in Haiti look very good," Jean William Pape, a Haitian physician attending the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, said. The provision of more than $100 million in foreign aid for HIV/AIDS has created a disparity between HIV-positive people and people living with other diseases, the Herald reports. For example, at the Immaculate Conception Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, foreign aid has provided antiretroviral drugs for 200 people, increased access to care among hundreds of people who do not yet need antiretrovirals and made testing available for dozens of people daily. But people with other illnesses are required to fund their own care, and the hospital's main wards are largely empty, according to the Herald. "Some patients don't come because they don't have enough money," Roland Charles, an internist at the hospital, said, adding, "People stay home and die sometimes." Some deaths occur among people with AIDS-related illnesses who are either unaware of their status or unaware of the availability of no-cost HIV/AIDS treatment. Reynold Grand'Pierre, a physician at the hospital, said he hopes to expand HIV testing to clinics nationwide.
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