The National AIDS Council of Papua New Guinea says budget cuts are behind a critical shortage of anti-retroviral drugs in the country and there is no immediate solution to the problem.
An advocacy group for people living with HIV in PNG says it received this advice from the head of the council at a forum last week in Port Moresby where concerns about the shortage were discussed.
Anti-retroviral medication does not kill or cure HIV but can prevent the growth of the virus.
There are around 50,000 people living with HIV in PNG and some of them have been on ART treatment for more than a decade.
A spokesperson for the Key Population Partnership Network Consortium, Lesley Bola, told Koroi Hawkins the shortage is causing a lot of angst in the community.