The program to distribute antiretroviral drugs to people living with HIV/AIDS in Brazil is known to be one of the most universal, successful programs of its kind in the world. Experts, however, say other HIV/AIDS prevention programs may be threatened by the current government of President Jair Bolsonaro.
“We are concerned,” Veriano Terto Jr., vice-president of ABIA (Brazilian AIDS Interdisciplinary Association) tells The Rio Times. “What will happen to programs that are not as consolidated, such as PrEP and PeP, is a question mark.”
Since 1996, Brazil distributes free antiretroviral drugs through the Unified Health System (SUS). Brazil’s National HIV/AIDS Program has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive and efficient programs in the world for decreasing mortality rates within the universe of those living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2013, Brazil’s SUS has guaranteed free treatment for all people living with HIV (PLHIV), regardless of viral load.
Read more in The Rio Times