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GUINEA-BISSAU: Free AIDS treatment underway

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JOHANNESBURG, 5 January (PLUSNEWS) - Guinea-Bissau has opened its first treatment centre providing antiretroviral therapy free of charge to people living with HIV/AIDS.

The centre is situated at a recently renovated hospital in the capital, Bissau, and will also treat people from other countries in the sub-region.

The former Portuguese colony of 1.3 million people is bounded in the north by Senegal and by Guinea-Conakry in the south and east.

UNAIDS estimated at the end of 2001 that 2.8 percent of all adults aged between 15 and 49 were living with HIV/AIDS.



Recent GUINEA-BISSAU Reports
First ARVs arrive, but no-one trained to prescribe them,  18/Jan/05
Brazil to sponsor first ARV treatment programme,  3/Dec/04
Government launches first big push against AIDS,  27/Jul/04
Country's first AIDS treatment centre opens in renovated hospital,  19/Dec/03
Prime Minister to chair committee on HIV/AIDS,  5/Nov/03
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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