Kai Joost, Baltic Reports
TALLINN — Estonia has the highest percentage of HIV/AIDS infection in the European Union, and the increasing number of cases is forcing the cash-strapped government to spend more on expensive medication.
The Estonian government announced Thursday that it is dedicating 12.9 million krooni (€824,458) from its reserve funds to the Ministry of Social Affairs to purchase HIV/AIDS medications. The number of patients is estimated to increase by at least 200 people over the remainder of the year.
“If there were nearly 200 infected during the first half of the year then during the second half … another 200 infected might be found,” Nelli Kalikova, deputy director of the AIDS Prevention Center said.
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