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China to offer free HIV testing and treatment

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:975
  1. Nadeeja Koralage
  1. London

    The Chinese government is to offer free HIV tests and treatments to those who cannot afford to pay. The policy includes free antiretroviral drugs, testing, prevention of mother to child transmission, and schooling of orphans.

    Joel Rehnstrom, country coordinator of UNAIDS China, said he was “very encouraged by the commitment of central government in China to provide free testing and treatment.”

    He added, however, that there would no doubt be setbacks: “I believe it will be …

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