Nearly 21 Million Now Receiving AIDS Drugs, U.N. Agency Says



Nearly 21 Million Now Receiving AIDS Drugs, U.N. Agency Says
test; 90 percent of those who test positive having been prescribed drugs;
and 90 percent of those prescribed drugs staying on them faithfully enough to have undetectable levels of the virus in their blood.
But that means that only 44 percent of the world’s H. I.V.-infected people are virally suppressed —
that is, that they are taking medication consistently enough to provide a nearly normal life span
Antiretroviral triple therapy became standard in wealthy countries in 1996,
but it took almost a decade for just one million people in poor countries to receive treatment.
Almost 21 million people around the world are now getting life-prolonging AIDS drugs, according to a report issued on Monday.
That happened only after generic drugs became available
and donor organizations like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria were created to pay for them.
That is: 90 percent of the world’s H. I.V.-infected people having had an H. I.V.