The Hindu (New Delhi) (02.13.2014)
Aids Weekly Plus
The Hindu recently reported that India’s Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad announced a third-line drug therapy for individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, and extended free antiretroviral therapy (ART) to more through a revision of the eligibility norm during the launch of the National AIDS Control Programme Phase IV on February 12. Healthcare providers prescribe third-line therapy—sometimes called salvage or rescue therapy—for those who have limited drug options remaining after the failure of at least two drug regimens and with evidence of HIV resistance to at least one drug in each regimen, or the latter cause alone. The health ministry reduced the minimum CD4-count limit from 500 to 350 for those wishing to receive free ART. Meanwhile, the government postponed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill 2014, in its upper house of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha. The bill is intended to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and protect the human rights of individuals diagnosed with the virus.