Impact of new developments in antiretroviral treatment on AIDS prevention and care in resource-poor countries

Robert Colebunders, Kristien Verdonck, Jean Nachega, Pravin Kothari

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Abstract

Combination antiretroviral treatment (ARV) including protease inhibitors, decreased the morbidity and mortality due to AIDS in the industrialized world. Many obstacles remain before ARVs can be introduced in resource-poor countries: high treatment costs, lack of laboratories to monitor the treatment, weak healthcare systems, and many other competing healthcare needs. The introduction of ARVs in resource-poor countries should be closely monitored. The first priority for the use of ARVs in resource-poor countries is the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. News about the success of ARV treatment may lead to an increase in unsafe behaviors including a decreased use of condoms. Therefore, prevention efforts should be strengthened; especially the development of an HIV vaccine needs to become a top priority. Funds for ARV treatment cannot come from the already strained healthcare budgets of resource-poor countries. The pressure on politicians and international donor agencies to provide ARVs to resource-poor countries should be used to increase overall healthcare budgets and to improve healthcare services in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS patient care and STDs
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 8 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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