Protease Inhibitors Funding
Costa Rican Bishop Cleared
By Rex Wockner
International News Report
Paraguay Cuts Protease Inhibitors Funding
Paraguay's National Fight Against AIDS Program has informed HIV- positive citizens that due to budgetary cutbacks it will now pay for only the two older drugs in each patient's three-drug antiviral combo. Patients will have to buy the third drug, the protease inhibitor, themselves, the agency said.
However, the high cost of the inhibitors makes buying them impossible for nearly every HIV-positive Paraguayan.
Local AIDS activists request protest letters to the following individuals.
(3) Senador Dr. Carlos Maria Ramirez
Boettner, Presidente de la Comision de Salud y Seguridad Social
de la Camara de Senadores,
Honorable Congreso de la Nacion Paraguaya, Asuncion, Paraguay. Fax: 011-595-21-448-100.
(4) Dr. Nicolas Aguayo,
Director, Programa Nacional de Lucha Contra el SIDA,
Avda. Venezuela y Florida,
Asuncion, Paraguay. Fax: 011- 595-21-204-604. E-mail: email@example.com.
Bernardo Puente Oliviera,
Av. Bernardino Caballero 219,
Asuncion,Paraguay. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roman Catholic Costa Rican Bishop Cleared
The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Jose, Costa Rica, did not violate a law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation when he denounced a planned gay-pride festival last August, a court ruled February 6.
The gay group Pink Triangle had sued Archbishop Roman Arrieta for saying officials should block the event. Arrieta could have been sentenced to 60 days in jail.