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Report discusses ART access in low and middle income nations
Two million-plus people receive HIV therapy
More than two million people living with HIV/AIDS in low and middle income countries now have access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to a recent report.
Called, "Towards universal access: scaling up priority HIV/AIDS interventions in the health sector," the report released in April, 2007, was published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and UNICEF.
Through 2005, 1.3 million people in low and middle income countries received ARTs, so the 2 million people through December, 2006, is a 54 percent increase, the report says.
The report also lists key areas in which services are insufficient, including comprehensive prevention services.
For example, only 11 percent of HIV-infected pregnant women who need ARTs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in these low and middle income countries are receiving them, the report says.
Also, prevention and treatment for injecting drug users is unsatisfactorily low, the report claims.
For more information about the report, contact UNICEF spokesman Gerrit Beger at (212) 326-7116 or (646) 764-0200 or at email@example.com.