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As HIV numbers surge, advocates push for better access to drugs
Despite the diagnosis, Barratt did not qualify for medication, and his HIV went untreated for more than four years. Under current New Zealand guidelines, an HIV-positive person cannot access medication until their CD4 count drops below 500. New Zealand's policy dates from a time when HIV treatments were so severe they were delayed as long as possible. Those who do qualify for treatment can only access a limited range of drugs that are funded by Pharmac.
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