Brazil Plans to Launch HIV Testing Centers, Advertising Campaign Encouraging HIV-Positive People to Seek Treatment
February 19, 2008
On Thursday, Brazilian health officials announced plans to set up HIV testing centers in remote areas of the country and to increase advertising to encourage people living with HIV/AIDS to seek treatment, the AP/Advocate.com reports.
According to Simao, people who sought treatment in the early stages of the disease lived longer and "remained active on the job market." However, those who waited until the later stages of the disease "either became too weak to work or died," she said.
The Brazilian government's HIV/AIDS treatment program provides no-cost antiretrovirals to everyone in need of treatment. In addition, the government distributes tens of millions of condoms annually in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. About 600,000 people in the country are living with HIV/AIDS, the AP/Advocate.com reports (AP/Advocate.com, 2/15).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.