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Cost of antivirals in developing countires.
Nov 13, 2006

Bob,

Just have a quick question about the cost NOW of anti- viral therapy in developing countries.

The reason I ask this question is that I have just come back from a very inspiring talk from somebody working with AIDS sufferers in a high density area of an African city.

I'm interested to know how much it would cost to keep a South African HIV sufferer (for example)on anti-viral therapy for a year.

The reason I am asking this is that I am obviously thinking of an appropriate amount to donate. I know the right answer is as much as you can, but it is always good to know what benefits a particular donation will reap (and then it might be easier to encourage others).

What a wonderful resource this is!

Rog

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi Rog,

The exact cost varies somewhat from country to country. The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation has found the best price for a first-line regimen of generic antiretroviral drugs in low-income countries is now about $130 a year for adults. That's down from $285 in April 2004. For children it's currently about $200 a year. Second-line regimens, required when drug resistance develops to first-line drugs, may cost $1,500 or more per year.

Thank you for your willingness to help those in desperate need. Your gift is truly a gift of hope.

Dr. Bob


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