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Press Release

Global Economic Crisis Threatens HIV Prevention and Treatment Gains in Poor Countries

July 6, 2009

Geneva, Switzerland -- In 22 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia, and Asia and Pacific, disruption of HIV prevention and treatment programs is expected over the course of this year as a result of the global economic crisis, according to a new report from UNAIDS and the World Bank, released today.

According to the new report, 'The Global Economic Crisis and HIV Prevention and Treatment Programmes: Vulnerabilities and Impact', reports from agency staff in 71 countries indicate that eight countries are already facing shortages of antiretroviral drugs or other disruptions to AIDS treatment. Together, these countries are home to more than 60% of people worldwide receiving AIDS treatment.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Tim Wise (Markham, Ontario) Sat., Jul. 11, 2009 at 2:06 pm EDT
Why don't the powers that be look at plant treatment models that have greatly reduced cost issues if treating people is the primary objective?
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