Mozambique: Over 14k default on ARVs

Online Desk |  2 weeks ago | international

Authorities in Mozambique say over 14,000 HIV patients have abandoned antiretroviral therapy in the first three months of 2022 in the central province of Zambézia. 

Male patients form the largest part of those no longer taking the drugs, according to Dr Cheinaze Veríssimo - the provincial head of the HIV programme in the region. 

He blamed stigma and prejudice associated with HIV for the high rate of defaulters.

He said health officials will be delivering medicines at home to patients who are unable to go to health units - whether out of sickness or for fear of being stigmatised. 

Over 300,000 patients receive HIV antiretroviral care in Zambézia province.