February 14, 2005
Indian AIDS Patients Sent to Underfunded Hospices
Many people living with HIV/AIDS in India can find treatment for the disease only at underfunded AIDS hospices that are part of the country's "patchwork system of dealing with the epidemic," according to AFP/Yahoo! News. The Indian government spends only about 1% of gross domestic product on health programs and only about 29 cents per person on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, so the government has "little room" for specialized care, according to AFP/Yahoo! News. The Indian government's National AIDS Control Organization in 1999 set up 25 HIV/AIDS care centers, but patients at the centers only receive drugs to treat opportunistic infections. Although the cost of antiretroviral drugs is relatively low in India, those drugs are "out of the reach of most people" in the country, AFP/Yahoo News reports (AFP/Yahoo! News, 2/12).
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