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Access to antiretrovirals (ARV), the drugs used to kill or inhibit the multiplication of the HIV, is a global priority. But treatment is not yet reaching most of people in need. This page contains information about the Latin America and Caribbean efforts to expand access to antiretrovirals. Among the highlights are the four subregional negotiations (Caribbean, Central America and 11 Latin American countries), in which the ministries of health, with the support of PAHO, UNAIDS and other organizations, managed to substantially reduce the price of these medicines. In addition, this page provides several tools useful to expand access to ARV, such as protocols, lists of drug manufacturers of acceptable quality, recommendations on procurement and an overview of relevant policies and legislation.

Press Releases: Antiretrovirals

PAHO Director co-chair an special session on HIV/AIDS for the Latin America region at AIDS 2008
Mexico City. August 3-8, 2008. XVII International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2008.- PAHO Director co-chair the special session on HIV for Latin America region with Carlos Passarelli, Deputy Director of the Brazilian National AIDS Programme and Director of the International Center for Technical Cooperation on HIV/AIDS.

It's time to break the silence. Mexico. August 5, 2008.- "... preventing new infections is key to halting the HIV pandemic ... over 55,000 children under the age of 15 and 400,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 were living with HIV in 2007 ... only 4 out of 10 adolescents and young adults considered themselves well-informed about HIV ... "(5/Aug/2008)

Towards Elimination of Vertical Transmission of HIV and Syphilis as a public health problem in the Caribbean
Mexico City. August 3-8, 2008.- " ... The satellite session held on Sunday regarding achievement of Universal Access in the Caribbean and current realities clearly highlighted the potential of the region to make rapid progress towards the Universal Access goal. " (5/Aug/2008)

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