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Stocks of anti-retroviral drugs to treat people living with HIV are at a critical shortage in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean has the ‘highest incidence and prevalence of HIV in the Pacific’, according to UNAIDS. Now, HIV groups in PNG are warning there are not enough drugs to go around, with concerns people may die as a result of the shortage. Maura Elaripe is living with HIV and also a member of HIV group, Igat Hope. ‘Everyone who’s on treatment will be affected and people may die,’ Hope told ABC’s Pacific Beat. ‘For me, anti-retrovirals are the drug that keeps me going … so I can continue living my normal life.’

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