AIDS Meds Blocked At Customs In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian nonprofit group says the country's customs officials have blocked a shipment of medication for 5,000 patients suffering from HIV.

In this file picture, a young patient who is suffering from AIDS lies on his hospital bed at the AIDS clinic in the northern Black Sea port city of Odessa, Ukraine.

The All-Ukranian Network of People Living with HIV urged Ukrainian authorities Monday to immediately release the shipment, saying the drugs will get spoiled if not stored properly.

The Ukrainian Customs Service said the medication worth $1.9 million has been imported illegally.

The Network says the shipment is legal, but the accompanying paperwork was filled out incorrectly by mistake.

Ukraine has Europe's worst AIDS epidemic with 1.3 percent of Ukrainians above 15 infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to the United Nations.

Source: AP

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