Health and Social Solidarity Minister Andreas Loverdos on Thursday addressed a UN General Assembly special session on AIDS, stressing that Greece is committed to the ideas-proposals of the international organisation's secretargy general on the eradication of the disease in a decade, adding that Greece will remain in the vanguard of this struggle.
The minister further said that despite the economic crisis, patients can trust and depend on the public health system.
Loverdos said that this year marks three decades in the struggle against AIDS and that the appearance and rapid spreading of the HIV virus at the beginning of the 80s caused a "real shock."
The minister also stressed that the epidemic has "deepened the rift" between North and South, in the developed and developing countries.