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Tests for AIDS in Nigeria

July 8, 2002

President Olusegun Obasanjo has ordered free AIDS tests for more than 500,000 Nigerians. The program, which offers voluntary testing and counseling, is linked to efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to promote antiretroviral drugs. Nigeria is conducting large-scale trials of generic antiretrovirals from India. Nigeria recently set up 25 AIDS treatment centers that will focus on administering the drugs to patients at subsidized prices. The trial program is intended to cover 15,000 patients, including 5,000 children.

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New York Times

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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