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Delays in responding quickly to treatment failures and interruptions jeopardize recent progress in reducing AIDS deaths, Doctors with Borders (MSF) said in a report to mark World AIDS Day which falls on December 1.

MSF fieldworkers see the reality every day in projects in many different countries, according to the report emailed to Xinhua.

More than two-thirds of patients with advanced HIV admitted at the MSF-supported hospital in Nsanje of Malawi, for example, arrived already very ill, the report says.

At MSF’s Kinshasa hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this figure is at about 71 percent.

Among these, more than one in four people will die because the disease was too advanced when they reached the hospital, says the report.

Yet these deaths could have been prevented if basic diagnostics were done on time, the report says.

MSF called on affected countries and donor countries to urgently use recommended approaches to prevent, detect and treat advanced HIV and AIDS at community level.

“In the past, the very sick patients we saw were those who did not know they had HIV. Today we see more and more people who have been treated before, but stopped taking their medication and fell seriously ill, and people whose treatment stopped working,” said Gilles Van Cutsem, MSF Senior HIV Adviser.

The report, which spans 15 countries in Africa and Asia, presents a dashboard indicating different countries’ progress in policies, implementation and funding to address advanced HIV. Enditem


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