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Mylan Committed to Expanding Access in Developing Countries to High Quality, Affordable HIV/AIDS Treatment
Date:12/1/2011

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) today affirmed its commitment to expand the access of people living with HIV/AIDS in the developing world to high quality, affordable treatment. The company is the proud sponsor of a special World AIDS Day exhibition and reception today in Washington D.C. The event is hosted by the World AIDS Institute in cooperation with the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus.

Mylan President Heather Bresch said: "As a company dedicated to meeting unmet needs, we honor on this 23rd World AIDS Day those who have died from HIV/AIDS and those living with the disease, including the nearly 10 million people worldwide who are in immediate need of treatment and care. Everyone living with HIV/AIDS deserves to have access to affordable treatment, and we intend to do our part to help them obtain it."

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), about 33 million people currently are infected with HIV. Approximately 85% of these individuals live in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Health Organization's (WHO) treatment guidelines, 15 million of those infected need treatment, but only 6.6 million, or less than half of them, receive it.

New research suggests that improved access to antiretroviral (ARV) treatment may be the most effective means to prevent HIV transmission.

Mylan's efforts reflect this research. In addition to providing affordable high-quality ARV products, the company is advocating that treatment begin soon after diagnosis to ensure better health outcomes for individuals, reduce HIV transmission and create long-term cost savings. Mylan also is encouraging the expansion of HIV testing programs, as they are a prerequisite for treatment. In addition, the company supports efforts to reform how programs are funded and services are delivered so as to use existing resources more effi
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