Antiretrovirals reach more people in poor countries but many still lack access, UNAIDS says

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1270
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Almost one million more people in poor countries with HIV/AIDS received antiretroviral drugs in 2007 than in 2006, bringing the total to almost three million. But an estimated 6.7 million in need were still unable to access life saving AIDS drugs, a United Nations report has said.

Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS, said that the increase in antiretroviral treatment was “a step forward to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support.”

The number of people receiving antiretrovirals in sub-Saharan Africa at the end of 2007 is estimated to have reached 2.1 million, 30% of the people …

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