Patients have been deprived of Anti HIV/AIDS Drugs We all are facing with the growing HIV/Aids epidemic and sad things in many countries where no free
drugs are provided, the problem is worse.
Patients have been deprived of Anti HIV/AIDS Drugs
Kamala B. Sarup
We all are facing with the
growing HIV/Aids epidemic and sad things in many countries where no free
drugs are provided, the problem is worse.Thus,many positives
patients have been deprived of CD-4 Cell Count facility, and ARV drugs.
drugs is expensive and an effective. And also, anti HIV/AIDS vaccine is
still not available.
Globally, patients only take the drugs when they
can afford them. And also, they cannot afford the costly diagnosis,
and treatment plans. Many medicines still are not available.
Mark Nelson, director of HIV services at London's Chelsea and
Westminster Hospital, said "patients were unlikely to be denied the drug
because of its high cost".
When the cost of the medicine is
high, the poor patients can't buy them. Even the check-up charge is
costly. We need to cut down the prices. Price of ART had to be brought
down to make it accessible for the poor.
As we know If CD-4 count is
persistently below 500, the immune system is considered to be weak and
increasing risk of infections.
It is very important to have CD-4 count
measured regularly to monitor the immune system. It also helps monitor
the effectiveness of any drugs the patient is taking.
Dr Edward Telzak, director of
the Aids programme at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York,
says "The medicines often don't make people feel well. Gastro-intestinal
upsets, diarrhea, weakness, rashes, and some people have trouble
swallowing the large numbers of pills".
Jack Summerside from the
UK charity Terrence Higgins Trust said: "Fuzeon is an important extra
treatment option for people with HIV, particularly for those who have
used up other treatments available. "But it is costly and even more
difficult to take than existing HIV medications".
WHO expert Don
Sutherland said "If you don't give the drugs to HIV/AIDS patient, you
have 100 percent failure. What's wrong with saving 50 to 60 percent of
This is a human rights issue. In addition, there are
only few doctors who treat AIDS patients in many countries. The
high risk groups like sex workers, their clients, injecting drug users
or migrant workers need to get the drugs first. Even Ex UN
Secretary General Kofi Annan encouraged "leaders everywhere to
demonstrate that speaking up about AIDS is a point of pride, not a
source of shame."
Lack of access to ART is a global
health emergency. The New York Times reported -- that there are too
many companies making too many generic anti-retroviral drugs to treat
HIV. Two types of HIV diagnostic tests are currently in the
many countries: enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests and
rapid tests. ELISA tests are the most widely used HIV diagnostics and
are the most accurate. However, ELISA tests are fairly complicated,
require laboratory support, and do not provide immediate results.
Alternative rapid tests, which provide results in minutes and do not
require laboratory support.
Thus drug companies
have been accused of putting their own profits. HIV infection rate is
up. It's unfortunate that we are unable to provide affordable care.
Journalist and editor Kamala Budhathoki Sarup specializes in reporting news and writing stories covering Freedom, Peace, Public health, Democracy, Women/Children, development, justice and advocacy from her location inside the United States. Human rights, anti-terrorism, and economic development are also part of the work. She is an editor for mediaforfreedom.com. (To promote freedom, democracy, anti-terrorism, Literature, women rights, public health, peace and empowerment (http://mediaforfreedom.com) has a strong role to play). Its activities support in societies undergoing crisis and changes. Ms. Kamala Budhathoki Sarup has also written numerous reports which includes "Women's Empowerment", Prevention of Trafficking in Women Through Media," and "Efforts to Prevent Trafficking for Media Activism." You can see her work online now via her website http://mediaforfreedom.com/. Kamala is a regular contributor to Cape May County Herald. Kamala also was a regular contributor to UPI- Asia News. She also published two Stories collections and several poems. Her interests include philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature. She also is experienced in organizational and community development. http://mediaforfreedom.com