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Myanmar Working To Improve Access To HIV Treatment, IRIN Reports

IRIN reports on efforts to improve access to antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for people living with HIV in Myanmar, particularly in rural areas. “According to UNAIDS, there are about 220,000 people with HIV in Myanmar of whom 120,000 are in need of ARVs,” the news service writes, adding, “From 2011 to June 2013, ARV treatment coverage climbed from 32 percent of diagnosed patients to nearly 50 percent, inching closer to the government target of 85 percent by the end of 2016.” However, 70 percent of people on treatment are in the country’s two largest cities, according to IRIN. The news agency discusses funding for Myanmar’s national HIV/AIDS program and includes comments from representatives of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNAIDS, and the Burmese non-profit Social Action for Women (8/28).