Five countries POZ loves:
- Great Britain If you qualify for disability, the government will foot the bill—or at least part of it—for a new car.
- The Netherlands HIVers can score cannabis at local pharmacies to relieve nausea and a waning thirst for frites.
- Brazil Med costs were slashed, thanks to a 1997 law sanctioning generic production of sky-high drugs.
- Botswana Blessed with diamonds but cursed with the world’s highest HIV rate, this African nation gives free meds to all positive citizens.
- Japan Despite economic woes, it doled out the world’s heftiest AIDS comp—$500,000 a head—to HIVers infected through blood transfusions.
Five countries POZ shuns:
- Thailand HIV and drug use were curbed by shooting more than 2,500 users and dealers in 2003.
- China Without legal rights, HIVers have been jailed, beaten and barred from swimming pools.
- Russia Nasty drug laws stigmatize users, allowing HIV docs to overcharge or refuse treatment.
- India A 150-year-old law branding homosexuality illegal was reaffirmed, driving HIV underground.
- Nicaragua Official policy prohibits nonprivate docs from treating HIVers, who have to hide their status to get any medical attention.