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Brazil Expands Its Anti-AIDS Program

August 31, 2012

Brazil will expand its free HIV treatment program to include people who have a CD4 cell count of 500 or less, Ronaldo Hallal of the Health Ministry's STD department announced on Wednesday. At least 35,000 more patients will benefit from Brazil's raising of the immune system measurement for eligibility from 350 to 500 CD4 cells or less. Recent studies show that the "earlier treatment begins, the better is the quality of life of a person infected with the HIV virus," said Hallal. "Brazil will be the only large country in the world to offer this kind of treatment that will reduce the risk of opportunistic infections

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