A United Nations health official in Burma says 25, 000 HIV patients can not get the anti-retroviral drugs they need to survive because of a funding shortage.
Dr. Sit Naing, an official with the UN's AIDS office in Rangoon, is quoted by a local newspaper as saying that Burma's health department can afford to provide drugs to only 500 of the 25, 000 patients who need them.
The average monthly cost of the drugs is about 30 dollars per patient.
Burma's ruling military government says over 300, 000 of its 54 million people are HIV-positive.
Information for this report is provided by AP.