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ARV shortage hit Mozambique HIV treatment programme

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MAPUTO - Chronic shortages of antiretrovirals across Mozambique are endangering the health and the lives of tens of thousands of HIV positive people on treatment.
 
According to UNAIDS Mozambique stopping treatment increases viral load, causes opportunistic infections, and creates resistance to the drug, with the patient needing stronger and more expensive medicines, which sometimes the country does not have.

Some patients resort to buying the drugs at high prices in the informal markets, with no guarantee of their quality.

Shortages of essential medicines happen intermittently in Mozambique, but the last six months have been especially critical for ARV supply. (END//2014)

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