Based on UN/AIDS figures, Dr Gisèle Mucinya, medical referent for the HIV/AIDS project within MSF, affirms that 14,000 people died of HIV/AIDS in 2021, in the DRC. She points to access and availability of treatment and pleads for increased funding.
More than 500,000 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in the DRC. Nearly 20,000 of them contracted the virus during the year 2021.
Among the challenges, Gisèle Mucinya cited in particular the financial and cultural barriers that prevent access to screening and treatment. She says that there are currently areas in the DRC not covered by antiretrovirals (ARVs) and that only one in five patients does not have access to treatment throughout the national territory.
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