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Testing facilities are only available in urban areas and most of those who undergo testing do so because they are showing serious signs of reoccurring opportunistic diseases such as tuberculosis, dysentery or pneumonia, meaning that they are already at an advanced stage of the illness. Many people have to walk for days to the closest urban centre to get their monthly stack of ARV medicine. Stigma is also still widespread and many are reluctant to pick up their medicine for fear of others finding out their status. Although ARV medicine is free, other essential medicine such as Cotrimoxazole, used as a treatment of infections before antiretroviral can be administered, is not.
- Carole Reckinger
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