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Unlike in
many other countries, Ukraine can’t boast much progress in curbing the spread
of the deadly disease. Tests reveal 57 new cases of HIV positive Ukrainians
each day and 11 daily AIDS-related deaths.

“Inadequate
HIV testing and limited access to antiretroviral therapy increases AIDS
mortality and accelerates the spread of HIV,” International HIV-AIDS Alliance
in Ukraine said in a statement issued on the occasion of AIDS Day. “Only 22
percent of those who need treatment actually receive it.”

Patients
occasionally face shortages of medical supplies, even at the leading Ukrainian
AIDS clinic. That center, where the gravest cases of AIDS-related diseases are
treated, is located on the compound of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery.

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