Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, commemorating the victims of a pandemic that has taken the lives of 27,800 Ukrainians since the first case was registered here in 1987. 
Unlike in many other countries, Ukraine can’t boast much progress in curbing the spread of the deadly disease. Tests reveal 57 new cases of HIV positive Ukrainians each day and 11 daily AIDS-related deaths.
“Inadequate HIV testing and limited access to antiretroviral therapy increases AIDS mortality and accelerates the spread of HIV,” International HIV-AIDS Alliance in Ukraine said in a statement issued on the occasion of AIDS Day. “Only 22 percent of those who need treatment actually receive it.”
Patients occasionally face shortages of medical supplies, even at the leading Ukrainian AIDS clinic. That center, where the gravest cases of AIDS-related diseases are treated, is located on the compound of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery.
“Four months ago, 600 of our patients were at risk of interruption of their therapy,” said Svitlana Antoniak, head of the HIV department at the Lavra clinic. “That’s why we divided the packages (of other patients’ pills),” she added.  
One of the clinic’s patients, Lesia, 40, said the antiretroviral therapy has saved her life and the life of her child. She has been undergoing therapy for 10 years. A dental surgeon by trade, Lesia believes she was infected with HIV from a patient. And she passed it on to her baby during pregnancy. Despite living in an urban center, Lesia always comes to Kyiv because “the medications don’t reach” her local AIDS center. Another reason she travels to Kyiv is to keep her HIV positive status secret, fearing stigmatization.
“Nobody at work knows about my (having) HIV, otherwise I would be fired,” said Lesya.    

(Much more at source.)
Ukraine has highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Europe.

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, commemorating the victims of a pandemic that has taken the lives of 27,800 Ukrainians since the first case was registered here in 1987. 

Unlike in many other countries, Ukraine can’t boast much progress in curbing the spread of the deadly disease. Tests reveal 57 new cases of HIV positive Ukrainians each day and 11 daily AIDS-related deaths.

“Inadequate HIV testing and limited access to antiretroviral therapy increases AIDS mortality and accelerates the spread of HIV,” International HIV-AIDS Alliance in Ukraine said in a statement issued on the occasion of AIDS Day. “Only 22 percent of those who need treatment actually receive it.”

Patients occasionally face shortages of medical supplies, even at the leading Ukrainian AIDS clinic. That center, where the gravest cases of AIDS-related diseases are treated, is located on the compound of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery.

“Four months ago, 600 of our patients were at risk of interruption of their therapy,” said Svitlana Antoniak, head of the HIV department at the Lavra clinic. “That’s why we divided the packages (of other patients’ pills),” she added.  

One of the clinic’s patients, Lesia, 40, said the antiretroviral therapy has saved her life and the life of her child. She has been undergoing therapy for 10 years. A dental surgeon by trade, Lesia believes she was infected with HIV from a patient. And she passed it on to her baby during pregnancy. Despite living in an urban center, Lesia always comes to Kyiv because “the medications don’t reach” her local AIDS center. Another reason she travels to Kyiv is to keep her HIV positive status secret, fearing stigmatization.

“Nobody at work knows about my (having) HIV, otherwise I would be fired,” said Lesya.    

(Much more at source.)

Ukraine has highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Europe.

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