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GABON: HIV/AIDS testing and drug prices reduced


[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


JOHANNESBURG, 11 June (PLUSNEWS) - Gabon has announced a further reduction in the price of anti-AIDS treatment and HIV testing following a Global AIDS Fund pledge of US $3 million to tackle the pandemic.

Some 1,600 people currently receive government-subsidised antiretroviral therapy in Gabon, where an estimated 7.7 percent of the 1.2 million population are HIV-positive.

"This benefits the jobless people like me, and makes us follow our treatments regularly. It also reduces the inequalities in treatment that used to exist in hospitals," an HIV-positive woman, who preferred not to be named, told the UN news service, PlusNews.

Despite the country's relative wealth, based on offshore oil production that is now declining, more than a third of the population live on a minimum wage of less than US $80 per month.

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Recent GABON Reports
Government cuts condom prices by 40 percent to help AIDS fight,  21/Sep/05
New factory produces AIDS and anti-malarial drugs for the region,  15/Feb/05
Taxis the new weapon in the fight against HIV/AIDS,  16/Dec/04
Female condoms are subsidised, but not widely advertised,  21/Oct/04
Number of new HIV infections fell in 2003,  24/Sep/04
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· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· AEGIS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance


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