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September 2016, Antonio went back home one afternoon without the anti-allergy
his wife needed. After walking long hours through empty pharmacies in San
Fernando, capital of the state of Apure (southwest plains), one thing was clear
to him: both had to leave the country.
stress caused by the permanent shortage of food and medicines was undermining
their defenses and their situation worsened because they both were HIV patients.
It was of paramount importance that they resumed their treatment, but in a
country running short of antiretrovirals and common pills to treat a simple flu
or an infection, waiting was as harmful as the disease itself. Little did they
know back then that their struggle to stay alive would take them a long way
around three countries of South America to receive medical attention and to get
the vital drugs to control the AIDS virus. Peru
turned out to be the final destination.
and Pamela have lived in Lima with their young daughter for nine months. They
settled in a rented room north of the Peruvian capital because this was the only
country where they could find employment to meet their basic expenses. "We
needed to resume our therapies, but above all, we needed peace of mind. That
helped a lot to reduce our viral load", says Antonio, a man of medium height and
slow gestures, in a civil organization located in Lima that monitors the supply