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Education on preventing HIV is paramount

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 12 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:838
  1. Tim Wiggin, medical superintendent,
  2. William A K Banda, chief clinical officer,
  3. Matson Dezi, clinical officer,
  4. Hop Chipwatali, clinical officer,
  5. Moffat Kachombo, medical assistant,
  6. Andrew Mkawa, medical assistant
  1. St Anne's Hospital, PO Box 52, Nkhotakota, Malawi

    EDITOR—The cover photograph of 30 March showing a patient's lunchtime drug treatment for HIV disease, held in his hand, speaks volumes over any written word. My colleagues and I, currently working at a rural mission hospital in Central Malawi, now all agree that antiretroviral drugs such as these are simply not a practical option for our patients with HIV/AIDS.

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    How many antiretroviral drugs for HIV infection?

    (Credit: AMY SANCETTA/AP)

    The hospital serves a population of 237 000, …

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