Brazil to begin tracking numbers of HIV cases

December 27, 2012

(AP)—Brazilian health officials say doctors will be required to notify authorities of every HIV case in the nation.

Until now, doctors were only required to notify state and federal officials when patients developed AIDS.

Brazil's says Thursday the move is an effort to advance highly lauded efforts to combat AIDS.

All in Brazil can receive free drug treatment—a program that now reaches 223,000 people and costs the nation nearly $700 million a year.

have said they believe here are another 250,000 Brazilians infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But nobody knows for certain because up to now HIV cases haven't been tracked. Officials hope earlier treatment will prolong patients' lives.

Nearly 241,500 people died of AIDS in Brazil from 1980-2010.

Explore further: New study looks at long-term drug costs for treating AIDS in Brazil

shares

Related Stories

Brazil expands its anti-AIDS program

August 29, 2012

(AP) —Brazil's anti-AIDS program will be expanded to include at least 35,000 more people, a Health Ministry official said Wednesday.

New UN AIDS deputy hails Brazil progress

December 22, 2012

The newly appointed deputy chief of the United Nations HIV-fighting program, Brazilian Luiz Loures, hailed his own country's achievements in the fight against the deadly global epidemic in an interview published Saturday.

Recommended for you

Mutational tug of war over HIV's disease-inducing potential

August 23, 2016

A study from Emory AIDS researchers shows how the expected disease severity when someone is newly infected by HIV reflects a balance between the virus' invisibility to the host's immune system and its ability to reproduce.

Dormant copies of HIV mostly defective, new study shows

August 8, 2016

After fully sequencing the latent HIV "provirus" genomes from 19 people being treated for HIV, scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine report that even in patients who start treatment very early, the only widely available method ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.