Georgia to Take Part in Armenicum Trials

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Georgia is the first country to be supplied with Armenicum for treating AIDS-stricken patients. Georgia has been included in the state program of clinical tests on the unique medicine invented by Armenian scientists–the Georgian Prime News Agency quoted senior lecturer at the Chair of Skin and Venereal Diseases of Tbilisi State Medical University Zurab Bendeliani as saying. Armenia and Georgia signed an official agreement on clinical tests on Armenicum with the participation of volunteers from Georgia in Yerevan on June 22. The first ten HIV-carriers will start to receive treatment in Tbilisi next month. All ten are volunteers.

Georgia will be provided with Armenicum free of charge–with treatment and medical care at the initial state in Tbilisi to be run by Armenian scientists–Bendeliani said. According to him–during the experiment–which will be in effect during the next 2-3 years–the drug will be distributed among all 74 HIV-carriers registered with the AIDS Prevention Center willing to take it.

Each patient will undergo 3-4 courses of treatment–each course lasting 6 days with 20-30-day intervals. Bendeliani said the initial results of the treatmen’s will start to surface only by September-October–in time for a joint Georgian-Armenian conference on AIDS.

World Health Organization experts say the actual number of AIDS-stricken people in Georgia has reached 2,000. Georgian President Edward Shevarnadze thanked the Armenian authorities for including Georgia in the special program of clinical tests on Armenicum–Bendeliani said.

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