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Tuesday, 2nd December 2014

Access Denied

Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS (UK)

From Executive Summary:

Five years have passed since the APPG’s Treatment Timebomb report was published. Since then the AIDS response has moved on considerably with a decrease of 35%
in AIDS-related deaths since 20052 and a vast improvement in access to first line treatment in LMICs. However, we should not allow these positive figures to mask the alarming truth that 1.5 million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2013....

In 2009, the APPG warned that we were heading towards a “treatment timebomb” as the number of people needing treatment would rise dramatically beyond 2015. Today, these projections remain relevant with only 34% of the 28.6 million people eligible for treatment currently receiving it in LMICs and with upwards of 55 million people expected to need ARV therapy by the year 2030. With access to medicines remaining a major barrier to tackling the HIV and AIDS epidemic, the APPG decided to re-visit this issue to understand why treatment remains elusive to so many, despite the continuing decrease in price of quality first-line ARVS. This treatment is currently available for around US$140 per person per year (pppy) a significant decrease from 2000 when treatments were still under patent and priced at more than $10,000 pppy.

This inquiry demonstrates that while the prices of ARVS are coming down for first- line treatment, second and third-line treatment is still largely out of reach for the majority of people living in LMICs. This is not solely due to price, although high prices of second and third-line treatment continue to be major barriers to access. Within this report we explore the other obstacles to treatment access.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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