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Free retroviral drugs could save up to 1.7 million South Africans

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:184
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    By offering free antiretroviral drugs to the six million people with HIV/AIDS who can't afford them the South African government could save or prolong the lives of about 1.7 million people, a new study says.

    The study was commissioned by the ministers of health and finance in the South African government, but its results were leaked this week by the Treatment Action Campaign, frustrated by the government's lack of action.

    The campaign is an AIDS activist group calling for antiretroviral treatment for people with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. It has risen to prominence because of the government's ambivalent attitude towards the disease and antiretroviral drugs.

    The …

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