Cuba Presents Results of its HIV Program in the United States

Cuba Presents Results of its HIV Program in the United States

Washington, July 27 (RHC) – Cuban medical specialists presented the results of the Cuban HIV-Aids program on Thursday at a forum held in the facilities of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to PL news agency.

The director of the Havana-based Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute, Jorge Perez and the head of the HIV program at the Cuban Health Ministry, Maria Isela Lantero presented the island’s strategy, which has allowed keeping the prevalence of the disease at the lowest levels in the whole Caribbean area.

Jorge Perez explained that Cuban scientists are currently developing two AIDS vaccines, though they are facing difficulties to advance their projects because Washington prohibits Cuba from purchasing reagents produced by American companies.

The Cuban scientist said he was grateful for the opportunity to have shared his experience with US legislators, academics and Cuban diplomatic personnel present at the forum, which was organized by democratic legislator Barbara Lee, from Oakland, California.