the Price of HIV treatment will be reduced tenfold

 the Price of HIV treatment will be reduced tenfoldPrice treatment of HIV-infected and AIDS patients in Russia will be reduced tenfold. Told reporters, the Minister of health and social development Minister Mikhail Zurabov after the meeting with his U.S. counterpart Tommy Thompson. According to Zurabov, the reduction rates of treatment up to $ 500-1000 per year will be made possible by the grant of the global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Russia. Today, annual treatment costs in these patients 10-14 thousand dollars. For assistance with AIDS and HIV-positive, according to Zurabov will be "patented medicines with high efficiency". "The price reduction does not mean that we are going to use drugs quality is worse than in other developed countries. It will be the same set of drugs," he assured Zurabov. According to the forecast of the RF Ministry of health, in the next year or two the number of AIDS cases will increase five - fold to 5 thousand people. Now in Russia there are about 1 thousand 20 people with AIDS. At the same time, according to official statistics, registered 283 thousand HIV-infected people. Zurabov stressed that the allocation of this grant will not lead to cuts in Federal programs for the prevention and control of HIV and tuberculosis. Moreover, funding, according to him, in the coming years will only increase. Daily, according to the American Minister, worldwide from AIDS killed about 8 thousand people. ITAR-TASS.



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