A third of those in need of antiretrovirals in poor countries can now get them

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5393
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Last year saw important gains in expanding access to HIV treatment and care in several low and middle income countries, but interventions need to be scaled up to help millions of people access antiretrovirals, says a new global report.

At the end of 2009 5.25 million people with HIV in low and middle income countries received antiretroviral treatment, a rise of 30% from December 2008, or more than 1.2 million people, says the report by the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and Unicef.

Despite these gains, the heads of the three agencies warn in a foreword to the report: “More than five million people needing antiretroviral therapy do not have access to it. Far too many people access health services in late stages of HIV disease …

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