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20 More than 4,200 people with HIV were discriminated against in the country

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About 4,200 people with HIV suffered discrimination in Venezuelan public hospitals between January and October 2020, according to figures published by the organization Acción Ciudadana Contra el Sida.

Regarding the commemoration of World HIV Response Day, The NGO denounced that the acts of discrimination increased considerably during the COVID-19 pademic.

In the month of September alone, 1,419 incidents of discrimination or denial of medical care were registered, while in October there were 1,104 cases.

Lack of treatment

In 2019 and 2020, 83% of pregnant women with HIV did not receive antiretroviral therapy in Venezuela. In addition, discrimination and mistreatment persists at the time of childbirth, the organization Red Venezolana de Gente Positiva (RVG +) denounced in a statement.

In the case of pediatric antiretrovirals for children with HIV, the NGO indicated that the Venezuelan State has not purchased them since 2016. Since that year, the other 30 types of existing antiretrovirals have not been acquired either.

Of the estimated 120,000 people with HIV in Venezuela, only 40% receive the only antiretroviral treatment in the country, which was donated by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“During 2020, there were inexplicable episodes of shortages of antiretroviral donated by the Global Fund that affected more than 5,000 people with HIV in the states of Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Lara, Nueva Esparta and Zulia. They also sent a significant number of expired antiretrovirals to pharmacies, which violates the Venezuelan legal framework, « the RVG + statement said.

Venezuela has a 100% shortage of medicines for the treatment of opportunistic infections associated with AIDS.

Although 33,000 reagents for the viral load test donated by the Global Fund arrived in September 2020, the tests cannot be performed correctly because 100% of the laboratories of the public health system do not have basic supplies such as test tubes, cotton, alcohol, injectors, vacuntainer shirt, gloves and mask.

Increase in HIV cases

Data from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS indicated an increase in HIV cases in Venezuela.

In 2020, 5,200 cases were registered, mostly young people between 16 and 28 years of age.

The last campaign to raise awareness and prevent HIV and STIs in vulnerable populations and the general population was carried out in 2006.