14 January 2016

Algeria: HIV in Algeria - Treatment to Be 'Soon' Limited to Single Injection Every Four Months

Algiers — Treatment against HIV/AIDS in Algeria will be "soon" limited to one injection every four (04) months, Executive Director of UNAIDS, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Michel Sidibé announced Wednesday in Algiers.

Speaking at a conference on the "Algiers Declaration" and "acceleration of HIV AIDS screening in the MENA region," the UN representative said that "soon, people with HIV AIDS will be treated with a single injection every four months instead of a the current treatment which consists in one daily tablet."

He pointed out that "this advance" gained through scientific research and technological development will allow gradually reduce the range of treatments administered to AIDS patients, stressing that they were forced, fifteen years ago, to a dosage comprised of 18 tablets daily.

These scientific advances have allowed reduce the cost of therapeutic care per patient, from USD 15,000 fifteen years ago to USD 80 currently, he said.

In this regard, the speaker added that states grant more and more investments to limit the spread of the pandemic, saying that a budget worth USD 22 billion had been devoted to this issue in 2015, lamenting that over 53% of these contributions come from domestic resources (the concerned countries) and not external taxpayers.

Sidibé noted, moreover, that the fight against AIDS is "one of the diseases that have imposed a global solidarity," and become a "political agenda" for states and "transformed global health by putting the patient at the center. "

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