Brazil to require reporting of HIV cases to improve treatment coverage
Published on January 4, 2013 at 4:30 AM
In "an effort to advance highly lauded efforts to combat AIDS," Brazil will require physicians to report cases of HIV, not just AIDS, to state and federal authorities, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. Brazil's national treatment program currently "reaches 223,000 people and costs the nation nearly $700 million a year," but health authorities said they believe another 250,000 people are living with HIV and could benefit from early therapy, according to the news agency (12/27).
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