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17 November 2017

Immediate HIV treatment drastically reduces mortality in China

Immediate antiretroviral treatment (ART) for people with low CD4 counts in China reduces overall mortality by 63% – confirming trials in other countries that have shown the benefit of early treatment for improved health outcomes.

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03 May 2017

India to provide free treatment for all people living with HIV

The country with the third largest HIV epidemic moves to a test-and-treat strategy that aims to get everyone on antiretroviral therapy.

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06 December 2016

India reaches 1 million people on treatment

The world’s second largest antiretroviral treatment programme is now reaching just under half of all those living with HIV in India, but challenges remain to achieve UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 Fast-Track targets.

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05 January 2016

ARVs added to India’s National Essential Medicines List

HIV drugs should now be more accessible in India, after the country’s National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) was expanded to include antiretrovirals (ARVs) and many other medicines.

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15 September 2015

Progress in reducing perinatal HIV infection in Asia

New HIV infections among children in Asia have fallen by over 25% in fifteen years thanks to improved HIV testing and treatment for pregnant women.

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15 October 2014

India: Delayed ART procurement saw 150,000 PLHIV at risk of missing treatment

A delayed tendering process for antiretroviral drugs by the Indian National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) meant that 150,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV) in India were at risk of being without antiretroviral treatment (ART) for October. This is a continuation of the drugs crisis AVERT reported on last month, which saw NACO having issues procuring drugs. Recently, a coalition of Indian pharmaceutical companies, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Medicine San Frontier (MSF) and others have come together to fill the gap of missing drugs.

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09 September 2014

Drugs shortage in free antiretroviral treatment programs in India

HIV drug shortages in India over the past few months have meant that many people living with HIV (PLHIV) are unable to access antiretroviral treatment (ART) through government run distribution centres. Thousands of PLHIV rely on the free ART provided by India’s National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), however they are facing drug shortfalls that are largely blamed on supply bottlenecks, late payments to pharmaceutical companies and Indian manufacturers boycotting the process.

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