Vice Prime Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko wrote this in his blog at the UKRINFORM website after participating on Tuesday in a conference summarizing the 6th-round grant under the program of support for HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care for the most vulnerable populations in Ukraine, backed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
"Already this year we notice the first signs of stabilization of the HIV epidemic in Ukraine. The number of new HIV cases decreased by 1.6%, the trend is observed towards a reduction in the proportion of new HIV cases among young people, and the intensity of the epidemic process of HIV infection is reducing," Hryshchenko said.
According to him, over the past five years, antiretroviral therapy in Ukraine involved more than 11 thousand HIV-positive people, prevention services were provided to more than 700 thousand people at increased risk relative to HIV infection. About 41% of HIV-infected individuals under medical supervision received care and support services in health centers.
As Hryshchenko noted, all HIV-infected patients receiving treatment at the Global Fund's cost have been transferred to treatment at the state budget cost. To ensure continuity of prevention programs, the Government of Ukraine signed an agreement with the Global Fund to provide funding for the 10th round program in the amount of $301.7 million.
"Ukraine has managed to break the negative trend of HIV/AIDS spread through a combination of public leadership and public sector resources. We should make every effort to further strengthen and develop this model," the deputy prime minister said.
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