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Anti-AIDS Drug Is Not a Right, State Argues

November 28, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Pregnant HIV-positive women have no inherent right to an anti-AIDS drug that could save their babies from the disease, lawyers for the South African government argued.

Activists have sued the state in a bid to force it to make nevirapine available to expectant mothers with HIV. Studies show it can reduce virus transmission from mother to child during labor by as much as 50%. The government argues that the drug's safety is unproven.

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