Togo Begins Distributing No-Cost Antiretrovirals

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The government of Togo on Monday announced that it has begun distributing no-cost antiretroviral drugs through the network of the Central Supply of Essential and Generic Medicines, Reuters reports.

Augustin Dokla, who represents a network of people living with HIV/AIDS, said that approximately 25,000 people will receive antiretrovirals through the program, up from 8,000 who currently have access to the drugs through CAMEG.

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Reuters reports that antiretrovirals purchased privately cost between 3,000 and 25,000 CFA francs, or about $47.53, monthly. In order to receive the no-cost drugs, patients have to register with local medical committees.

According to official figures, HIV/AIDS prevalence in Togo since 2006 has remained steady at about 3.2% (Zodzi/Magnowski, Reuters, 11/15).

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