South African government to withdraw antiretrovirals for pregnant mothers

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 07 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:306
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    South Africa's first AIDS conference got off to a painful start last weekend. At the opening of the conference, AIDS activists stood in silent protest at the health minister, Dr Manto Tshabalala Msimang, while others booed her loudly.

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    Zackie Achmat (left) with protesters at the AIDS conference

    Credit: AP

    Days before the opening, the government once more delivered bad news to the AIDS community and devastating news to the hundreds of thousands of HIV positive women who may become pregnant.

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