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South Africa Patients To Get HIV Help From International Doctor Body


WOZA Internet (Johannesburg) - January 23, 2001

The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) announced plans to develop a programme of enhanced HIV care in SA during a recent health care resource allocation conference. The "not-for-profit managed care carve out programme" would carry a monthly premium of about R50 for patients, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

According to IAPAC, existing programmes of HIV care in South Africa tend to be too expensive, plagued by a lack of skilled health professionals, and patients are too often reluctant to trust the treatments.

The new healthcare programme - which should become operational later this year - will include voluntary counselling and testing, immune status monitoring, prophylaxis for opportunistic infections and antiretroviral treatments.

"Our members - 10 000 physicians and healthcare professionals in 52 countries - want lower drug prices," said President of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care Jose M. Zuniga, speaking at the conference.

"They also want, and desperately need, infrastructure that will allow these drugs to be responsibly and effectively used. This approach, combined with support from the leadership of the countries themselves, will better the quality of care provided to all Africans living with HIV/AIDS." The most recent figures from UNAIDS estimate that three million people died from AIDS in the year 2000, and that approximately 36.1 million people are now HIV-infected worldwide.

IAPAC announced at the International AIDS Conference in Durban last July that it will strengthen its involvement in the Southern Africa region by establishing a regional office in Johannesburg.


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Information in this article was accurate in January 23, 2001. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.