February 2, 2009
HIV expert calls for access to HIV drugs
The co-discoverer of the HIV virus, Luc Montagnier, says poor nations need better access to HIV drugs.
While receiving an award in Rome Monday, he bemoaned the disparity among nations in treating patients with human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS, ANSA reported.
''The AIDS epidemic is currently under control in the north of the world and many efforts have been made to spread the results of scientific research to the countries of the south but there are still great difficulties in those countries."
Montagnier said he was working with scientists around the world on AIDS treatments and on a vaccine to prevent the deadly disease.