2.8 Million Years Saved by HIV Treatment

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 11:10 am | Updated: 11:13 am, Fri Dec 6, 2013.

A new study shows anti-retroviral therapy for HIV has saved 2.8 million years of life in South Africa, and could save another 15.1 million more by 2030.

South Africa has an estimated 5.6 million people with HIV, and about half of those with the disease are eligible for the antiretroviral therapy. Since 2004, when antiretroviral therapy was introduced to the country, South Africa, along with international aid, has bolstered its efforts to treat the HIV epidemic. Authors of the study say an even more aggressive policy plan could save even more lives.

"Our results suggest that rather than a debate over continuation of current funding commitments for the global response to HIV, policymakers and researchers should be examining strategies to most effectively and efficiently expand HIV testing and treatment efforts, to help increase future potential survival gains," study author Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, was quoted as saying.

YOUR Health and Wellness News


More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Featured Health Care Providers Sponsored directory

SPORTS MEDICINE

John T. Moor, MD

View Profile >

CARDIOLOGY - CROUCH

F. Michael Crouch, M.D.

View Profile >

INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGIST

Gerald Grubbs, MD

View Profile >

PROSTATE CANCER

Michael J. Dattoli, MD

View Profile >

PRIMARY CARE

Jack E. Baron, MD

View Profile >

GERIATRICS

Dr. Sarah Kagan, PhD, RN, FAAN

View Profile >

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.