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HIV/AIDS

15 August 2011

SA ARV programme open to all

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.

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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