The Latin American and Caribbean Council of NGOs with HIV / AIDS Services (Laccaso) released a letter rejecting the serious attacks against civil society organizations and activists in Venezuela. According to the document, these attacks put “lives of people living with HIV at risk and also lives of tireless activists who dedicated to guarantee the access to medicines to whom were forgotten by the Venezuelan government.”
For Laccaso, the recent action of the police to collect donations of antiretroviral drugs from the offices of Mavid was unacceptable. Nowadays there are 300,000 people living with HIV in that country and 80% of them are not receiving treatment. According to the letter, the new HIV infections already total 11,000 cases a year in Venezuela, which should be aggravated by the shortage of condoms, lubricants, drugs and medical equipment.
Read the letter in Spanish here