By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com August 09 2003 12:00 AM ET
Mexican president Vicente Fox this week said his administration would extend medication subsidies to "100%" of the country's AIDS patients by the end of the year. About 10,000 AIDS patients in Mexico who cannot afford to pay for their own treatment already receive government funding for anti-HIV medications. It was not clear exactly how many more patients would receive subsidies under the plan announced by Fox. Fox did not clarify whether those who have HIV would also be eligible or if they will have to wait until they develop an AIDS diagnosis. The nation's health department estimates that between 116,000 and 177,000 Mexicans were living with HIV/AIDS in 2002.