HIV-positive people in South Africa will be able to access antiretrovirals (ARVs) sooner after the government raised the CD4 count necessary to access treatment. But some warn the victory is only half the battle...

“The decision to start people on HIV treatment earlier, before they become sick with diseases like tuberculosis, marks a critical moment for this country that is so hard hit by the epidemic,” said MSF medical director in South Africa, Gilles van Cutsem. “We also know that HIV treatment dramatically reduces the spread of the virus to others - by making people more than 96 percent less infectious. Early treatment is better for everyone: for the individual and for the community."... Read full article