A HIV-infected man wearing T-shirt with signing “Status positive” stands as he holds flowers at the Red Ribbon Memorial in Kyiv on May 15, 2017, during the ceremony marking the International Memorial Day of People Who Died from AIDS.

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Ukraine has all necessary medication for HIV patients so far, around 123,000 people will receive necessary treatment, the Health Ministry of Ukraine has said on its website.

According to the statement, the virus is not spotted in the blood of 93 percent HIV-positive patients who receive antiretroviral therapy (they cannot transmit HIV to other people).

The 2020 national budget will allocate Hr 207.9 million for HIV treatment and prevention services to 356,000 Ukrainians.

As reported, on November 27, 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the State Strategy for HIV/AIDS, TB and Viral Hepatitis Prevention until 2030.

One of the strategy’s priority tasks is the improvement of effective HIV detection through the expansion of the test lab network, promotion of self-testing and regular testing of risk groups.

In addition, the demand for antiretroviral therapy will be satisfied in full. A new epidemic control and viral hepatitis monitoring system will be created and the old one will be enhanced with the aim of reducing the number hepatitis B and C cases.

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