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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