By Elena Gridasova, AHF guest blogger from Kiev
Many Ukrainians have a rather lax disposition toward their own health. They usually try to avoid thinking about anything that has to do with diseases or health care. The same is true about their attitudes toward HIV and the risk of getting infected.
Some might rationalize it by saying, “I don’t use drugs, and don’t use the services of commercial sex workers, so HIV definitely doesn’t concern me!” However, statistics from the Kiev Municipal AIDS Center show otherwise – 40% of indentified HIV positive people contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation and carries the second largest burden of HIV on the continent ( 3.1 million people living with HIV).With a feeble healthcare delivery system struggling to cope with providing basic services to millions of people, getting Anti-retroviral drugs to the over 1.5 million eligible people has been an overwhelming challenge.