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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
South African AIDS Activists Welcome Deal for Low-Price Drugs
Challiss McDonough
October 24, 2003
Voice of America News (10.24.03) - Friday, October 24, 2003

While it welcomes a deal brokered by former President Bill Clinton to supply low-price AIDS drugs to developing countries, South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign warns the deal will not solve all the nation's AIDS treatment problems. "The Treatment Action Campaign feels that this is a very positive development," said TAC spokesperson Sipho Mthathi, "and it couldn't have happened at a better time in our country, where we are busy trying to decide how to make treatment available to people who will die without it." But she added, "We are aware that this isn't going to bring about an instant solution, and that a lot of work will have to be done to actually make this development a reality.... So, while we welcome the opportunity, we also realize that this doesn't mean that all our problems are solved immediately."