‘Only 30 percent of AIDS patients receive treatment’

March 3rd, 2009 - 10:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) With over 33.2 million people living with AIDS virus in the world, only 30 percent of them receive treatment, Nobel laureate Francoise Barre-Sinoussi said Tuesday.
Barre-Sinoussi, who won Nobel Prize in Medicine last year, said the prevention of HIV infection still remain a big challenge before scientists. She was speaking at the inauguration of four-day symposium here to discuss the trends and specifications in HIV Infection Management.

“There are numerous challenges before us and we need promote early diagnostic steps to check spread of HIV infection. We have to work to develop new therapeutic and vaccine strategies for tomorrow,” said Barre-Sinoussi.

The symposium organised by Foundation Merieux aims at reviewing the HIV situation in India and other Asian countries in light of the strong prevalence of viral hepatitis and tuberculosis.

More than 100 scientists, clinicians, public health actors in the field of HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis from various countries will share their knowledge and experience at the event.

According to estimates, India has an estimated 2.5 million people living with AIDS.

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