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World Bank report examines India's approach to tackling AIDS

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7464.476-e (Published 26 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:476
  1. Sanjay Kumar
  1. New Delhi

    Only 2% (12 000) of the estimated 555 000 AIDS patients in India are getting antiretroviral treatment, says a new report by the World Bank.

    Moreover, the report says, more than half of the patients receiving antiretrovirals are not adhering to the regimen by the end of first year, mainly because of the high cost of the drugs and tests. Most of the treatment is in “unstructured” form—in other words, it is not conforming to the treatment guidelines issued by the World Health Organization.

    In the absence of strict adherence to a three drug regimen, …

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