Brazilas public policy response to the AIDS epidemic preceded those of many developing countries. During my tenure as President, in 1996, Brazil adopted a law guaranteeing free and universal access to AIDS treatment for all people living with HIV/AIDS. Brazil became the first developing country to provide publicly-financed AIDS treatment for all people living with HIV/AIDS. We now have one of the worldas most successful AIDS programs that is considered a model for other dev- oping countries. Today, 185, 000 people receive life-saving AIDS cocktails in Brazil, and thousands of lives have been saved. But this was not an easy battle. There were many challenges along the way. Twenty years ago, Brazilas achie- ments today might have seemed impossible. During the 1980s, in Brazil, as elsewhere, there was overwhelming stigma associated with AIDS; people living with HIV often lost their jobs and died quickly before the advent of life-saving antiretroviral drugs. Brazilas AIDS movement was extraordinarily important in promoting progressive AIDS policies; associations of people living with HIV were the first to denounce pervasive AIDS-related discri- nation and called public attention to the importance of AIDS. Activists protested in the streets for over a decade, engaged the media, and framed AIDS as a human rights issue.That campaign against Gore was so successful that in December 1999, Clinton wrote a letter saying the US Trade ... As a result of Ciplaa#39;s new product offerings, the cost of AIDS treatment in many Figure 6.1 Timeline of important international anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Politics and History of AIDS Treatment in Brazil|
|Publisher||:||Springer Science & Business Media - 2009-02-15|