As attention turns to Covid, Romania’s HIV patients get left behind
02 October 2021 | 12:06 pm
While the eyes of the world focus on the Covid-19 pandemic, the fight against HIV has slowed down in Romania. The pandemic has deprived at-risk groups of access to health services and testing, as well as disrupting supply chains and medicine supplies, raising fears of a rise in cases.
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