All HIV patients with a CD4 count of 350 or less will now get government antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe announced on Friday.
Motlanthe chaired a South African National Aids Council (Sanac) meeting, where the announcement was made in Bloemfontein.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in 2009 the treatment for patients with a CD4 count of 350 was open only to certain "vulnerable" sections of the society such as pregnant women and children.
'Everybody who is HIV-positive, regardless of what category they fall in, as long as their CD4 count is 350 they would start treatment."
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