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Brazil celebrates 10 years of universal access to antiretrovirals

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 09 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:989
  1. Klaus Morales
  1. 1Belo Horizonte, Brazil

More than 4000 delegates from across Brazil met at a conference this week to celebrate the country's decision in 1996 to offer access to antiretroviral drugs to all its citizens living with HIV or AIDS who need treatment and to discuss future challenges.

“Public policies must combine prevention and treatment simultaneously. They're not competitors, and there is no legitimacy in having prevention programmes if solid treatment strategies do not also exist,” said Mariângela Simão, head of Brazil's sexually transmitted disease and AIDS programme.

A report issued by Brazil's health ministry and distributed at the conference said that about 600 000 Brazilians are HIV positive or have AIDS.

The situation in Brazil is described as a “concentrated” epidemic—one where prevalence …

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