South Africa Expands AIDS Program to Allow Earlier ARV Treatment
August 15, 2011
The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) on Saturday endorsed a new National Health Council policy to expand the country's AIDS program "to allow people living with HIV to start antiretroviral [ARV] treatment earlier" by raising the CD4 count necessary to access treatment from 200 to 350, Agence France-Presse reports (8/14). Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi "said the plan would be integrated into the proposed National Health Insurance system," SAPA/News24 writes (8/13).
SANAC spokesperson Junaid Seedat "cautioned that offering ARV treatment earlier is only half the battle," IRIN/PlusNews reports. "Our big problem was not that our threshold was too low, but that people are presenting for treatment too late," he said, according to the news agency (8/15).
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