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'AHF/India Cares' Provides Second-line AIDS Drugs to Activists in India
Date:11/6/2007

hat AHF/India Cares has been able to provide these few patients with access to much-needed second-line treatment, but extremely saddened that the need in India is so much greater than we, or any one NGO care provider, could possibly meet," said Chinkholal Thangsing, M.D., Asia Pacific Bureau Chief for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and who is based in New Delhi. "As an HIV/AIDS medical treatment provider, I see firsthand how the full spectrum of AIDS treatment can improve and save the lives of people living with HIVAIDS. I strongly urge NACO to begin delivery of second-line AIDS treatment throughout India."

"I started my first-line ARV medicines in 2001, but after five years, first-line drugs were not working and I was admitted in hospital for a long stay --- four months," said Kumar, a Delhi resident who has known he was HIV positive for seven years, and whose CD4 count was zero when he first tested. "According to the doctors, I needed to take second-line treatment to save my life. I came to know about AHF from NACO and at AHF they started me on second-line drugs, within one month I was better already. I would like to give a message to our government that they should pay some attention and increase their involvement in getting second-line treatment to those who need it."

"Without access to second-line therapies, I would not be alive today", said Francisco Xavier De Melo, President of Love Life Society (Consortium of People with HIVAIDS). "I am very lucky, as very few people in India have access to second-line therapy. It is too expensive --- but it is a matter of life and death for many of us. Positive people throughout India look to NACO to start delivery of such lifesaving second-line treatments urgently."

"AIDS Healthcare Foundation stands in solidarity with the advocates and people of India in urging NACO to launch the provision of second-line therapies immediately," said Terri Ford, AHF Director of Global Advocacy. "In our own clinic in N
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