"It seems audacious of us to ask for antiretroviral therapy to be made available in public hospitals when resource crunches make it difficult to afford even adequate treatments for opportunistic infections -- such as more antibiotics, antifungals, medicines for drug-resistant TB," says H.R. Jerajani, M.D., head of the dermatology department at Sion Hospital, one of Bombay's largest public hospitals.
Every month, her
outpatient department sees 4,000 people, about 1 percent of whom are HIV-positive
"Instead, we focus our attention on prompt treatment of opportunistic infections and making nutritional supplements available to our HIV patients," she