Kenya HIV Families Torn Between Health or Food
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rising food prices are taking a toll in East Africa on low-income people who have the virus that causes AIDS.
An expert on HIV/AIDS for the World Food Program says some HIV patients are refusing to take their medicine. Some fear that the nausea they would get from taking the drugs without adequate food will make them too weak to work, or even to look for work.
In Nairobi, Rosalia Adhiambo won't take free anti-HIV drugs because she can't afford to both feed her grandniece and herself. So she feeds 5-year-old Emily and doesn't take the medicine.
The U.N. says 2011 prices for staple foods are almost twice as high as they were in 2009, forcing the poor to make hard choices between food, medicine and shelter.