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South Africa Announces Rollout of New Single-Dose ARV Therapy

April 10, 2013

"South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Monday the launch of a new single-dose combination antiretroviral [ARV] drug that will cost just 89 rand a month ($10) per patient, potentially revolutionizing AIDS treatment in the country," Salon reports (McDonough, 4/9). "The new pill will be introduced this month to positive pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, people co-infected with [tuberculosis (TB)], and to new ARV patients," Agence France-Presse writes, adding, "Patients already on treatment will be assessed by doctors to start switching later this year" (4/9). "Motsoaledi said the department had revised the guidelines for prevention of mother-to-child transmission, pediatric and adult treatment due to changes in the treatment regime for [fixed-dose combination (FDC)] ARVs," a

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Comment by: michael (los angeles) Fri., Apr. 12, 2013 at 6:45 am EDT
put's the US to shame......many HIV+ patients still can't afford to pay 1500/month for pills plus the quarterly blood work that costs thousands without health insurance, and if they do have insurance, their premiums go up year after year after year......

sad, sad, sad.
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