Huancayo (Agenzia Fides) - The archdiocese of Huancayo in Peru has opened a modern laboratory to monitor HIV+ patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy. The laboratory, funded with the help of international organisations, is situated at San Juan Diego Home which cares for HIV+ children.
The diocesan communications office has announced that the laboratory operators will start with examinations for HIV+ men, women and children from the Mantaro valley. When this groups has been monitored, the next to be examined will be patients from the regions of Huánuco, Pasco, Huancavelica and Junín.
In view of this mission the organisers offered a local theoretical/practical course on the installation of a decentralised system of lymphocyte-counting system which serves to identify the immune state of HIV+ patients and establish the necessity to start or continue the therapy.
In Peru there are only 5 of these laboratories and 8,000 people receiving antiretroviral therapy. The laboratories are 3 in Lima, 1 in Tacna and 1 in Lambayeque. (AP) (24/10/2006 Agenzia Fides; Righe:19; Parole:180)