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Coronavirus crisis threatens AIDS care

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 10 2020   /  01:00 am
Illustration of antiretroviral (ARV) drug commonly consumed by HIV patients. (Shutterstock/joel bubble ben)

The COVID-19 pandemic is now threatening access to HIV/AIDS treatments, as countries, including Indonesia, focus on curbing the highly infectious respiratory disease.   The World Health Organization, citing its recent survey, said on Monday that more than a third of the countries in the world said they were now at risk of running out of life-saving AIDS drugs due to disruptions to supplies caused by the COVID-19 crisis.   The survey found that the failure of suppliers to deliver antiretroviral (ARV) drugs on time and a shut-down of land and air transportation services, coupled with limited access to health services within countries as a result of the pandemic, were among the causes of the disruptions.   “Twenty-four countries reported having either a critically low stock of ARVs or disruptions in the supply of these life-saving medicines,&...