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We, the undersigned – With over four million already infected with HIV, South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. Very few can afford the treatment that has extended and improved the lives of people in richer countries. Since 1998, the pharmaceutical industry has blocked the medicines legislation – legislation that could make essential medicines more affordable and accessible to South Africa’s people through homegrown development and cheaper import sources – the 39 pharmaceutical companies involved in the case are claiming that this legislation would infringe on their patent rights. To support the government and the people of South Africa, you can sign this petition urging the companies to drop their case.

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