12 May 2011

Although major strides have been made in achieving access to antiretroviral treatment in low- and middle-income countries, progress is fragile and highly vulnerable to diminishing attention from donors, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says in a new report published ahead of next month’s United Nations General Assembly Special Session on AIDS .

The report also highlights progress towards implementation of 2009 World Health Organization guidelines in 16 countries that represent half the global burden of HIV infection.

The guidelines include recommendations that countries shift towards providing earlier treatment, and adopt less toxic first-line drug regimens.

The survey found that 12 of 16 countries have either shifted to recommending earlier treatment, or are likely to do so shortly. Read full article