n South African Medical Journal - Expanding access to ART in South Africa : the role of nurse-initiated treatment : issues in medicine : forum

Volume 100, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The South African government's recent policy decision to expand access to HIV care rapidly and 'ensure that all the health institutions in the country are ready to receive and assist patients and not just a few accredited ARV centres' represents a dramatic and welcome about-turn on years of hesitation and confusion in the country's response to the HIV epidemic. In the first 6 years of the antiretroviral therapy (ART) programme, approximately 900 000 people have been started on treatment.

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