In 1997 my partner and I began buying antiretrovirals to save his life. At that time, the cost was about R6,000/month and there was no assistance from medical aid. Fortunately, he was a chemical engineer and I was a chartered accountant.

We now pay in the region of R400/month and his health is fine.

Aspen was absolutely instrumental in bringing down the cost of the medication.

I am no expert when it comes to medication or politics, but I have always felt that when it comes to all things South African, Europe seems to have a chip on its shoulder!

I am aware that this is just my opinion, but your recent article on Aspen made me think that perhaps there could be some truth to this.

Hilton Davis via e-mail

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