HIV deaths in China cut 60 per cent in 7 years

Improved access to HIV drugs have curbed deaths significantly


Improved access to HIV drugs in China has reduced deaths by more than 60 per cent in seven years, although more still needs to be done to improve access, researchers say in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. The country introduced free anti-retroviral drugs in 2003, and reached more than 60 per cent of patients by 2009, the BBC reports, although some groups could use better access, including men, the elderly, migrants, intravenous drug users, and those who’ve caught HIV through sexual contact.

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HIV deaths in China cut 60 per cent in 7 years

  1. Good for China – bet they don’t have the black market problems like other countries.

    Government needs to take the theft of anti-retroviral drugs or ARVs seriously as people’s lives are at risk. This is according to the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and the National Association of People Living with AIDS (NAPWA). They say reports in the media of ARVs found on the black market are quite disturbing. As a result, many HIV-positive people are now afraid to go fetch their treatment from public health facilities for fear of being victims of people stealing their medicine.

  2.  It must have more to do with improving living conditions and access to clean water and food. These are the principal contributors to weakened immune conditions in 3rd world countries.

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