“I came to Peru because I wanted to live,” said Zerpa, according to The Guardian, adding that he started his treatment in Mérida, Venezuela in 2015 when he found out he had the virus.
“The price is totally out of reach for the vast majority in the country, where the minimum wage is around $30 US dollars a month”, The Guardian wrote.
Eventually, Zerpa stopped taking his antiretrovirals altogether and after catching a stomach bug and ending in a wheelchair because of his low weight he decided to migrate to be able to stay alive.
“Zerpa considers himself one of the lucky ones. He dedicates himself to helping his fellow HIV-positive Venezuelans who are entitled to free treatment in Peru if they can register and bypass a series of bureaucratic hurdles”, the aforementioned media said.
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