In Guatemala there are over 2371 children and adolescents who are HIV-positive or have AIDS, while only 800 of these receive adequate care. As there is no reliable data on the number of infections in the Central American nation, the number could be higher, according to the Fides news service.

An official of UNICEF working in Guatemala says that it is in the capital city, Izabal, and Escuintla, where there are the greatest number of HIV-positive children.

Cases of children who are infected were also recorded in 22 departments (provinces) and 334 municipalities of Guatemala, the largest and most populated country in Central America. Only a few of them benefit from treatment due to the lack of information and poverty that compel children to abandon treatment. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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