Universal access to HIV treatment will not be achieved by 2015 without radical action

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1483
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Despite international commitment to achieving universal access to treatment for HIV, 10 million infected people still lack access to antiretrovirals, and the goal will not be achieved unless decisive measures are taken to revitalise the process, the United Kingdom’s international development minister, Gareth Thomas, said last week.

    He was meeting with representatives of African countries with a high HIV burden, donors, activists, people infected with HIV, and the drug industry, in order “to identify what more can be done to get universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care by 2015 back on track.”

    Mr Thomas cautioned: “As the economic downturn squeezes the health budgets of the world’s poorest countries, efforts to tackle HIV and AIDS—particularly among those who are marginalised and discriminated against—are being hit hardest. As a consequence we face the very real prospect that progress on tackling HIV will go into reverse.“

    Health campaigners claim …

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