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Mbeki forced to do a U turn over AIDS drugs

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 27 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:997
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    The South African government has, under pressure, relented on its HIV/AIDS policy and will supply certain antiretroviral drugs under specific and limited circumstances.

    The policy shift follows a resurgence in the eccentric policies inspired by President Thabo Mbeki's doubts about the link between HIV and AIDS.

    After a cabinet meeting a week ago, the government decided that it will put in place a national plan to supply nevirapine to HIV positive pregnant women and their babies to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus to the babies. Women who have been raped will also benefit from the shift in policy as all state hospitals will be able to offer …

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