Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Surprise!


Medicins Sans Frontieres brings up the quiet but important detail that HIV drugs are most helpful when actually taken in recommended doses. This is based on a recent study conducted in Lagos, Nigeria, where such drugs were given out free of cost:

"...Nigeria and other African countries needed to provide comprehensive care free of charge so patients avoid getting into a cycle of incomplete treatment that allows the HIV virus to build up a resistance to drugs."

But how much would that be?

"...the ARVs [anti-retroviral drugs] cost the government 1,000 naira ($7.8) per patient per month..."

Hum...here's the full piece through Reuters.

On a related note: besides singing, take a look at a program Alicia Keys and Bono are working on in this area...

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