Tuesday, January 18, 2011

South Africa gets ARV discount

South Africa has the largest ARV program in the world but was paying a significantly higher price than many other countries for ARVs.  The South African health minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, announced that he was able to negotiate discounts which would half the price of ARVs.  This will enable South Africa to provide ARVs to many more people which is particularly important now because they are running a campaign to test 15 million South Africans for HIV by June 2011.  

As of April 1, 2010, South Africa provides ARVs for pregnant women with CD4 counts of 350 or less, to people co-infected with HIV and TB with CD4 counts of 350 or less, and to all children born to HIV positive mothers.  The large discount in ARV prices will allow South Africa to provide ARVs to twice as many people. 


Hannah Harrison 

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