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Aids programme ‘held hostage’ over US abortion policies


Pepfar authorisation delay could cause “substantial increase in new HIV infections”, leading health experts warn

Leading medical scientists have expressed “deep concern” that the US Congress has failed to reauthorise the US President’s Emergency Program for Aids Relief, set to expire on 30 September.

For the past 20 years, Pepfar has funded prevention and treatment programmes in 55 countries, changing a HIV diagnosis from a death sentence into a manageable condition for millions of people, the scientists wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine on 9 September.

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