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ARV treatment helps reduce TB in HIV patients: study

Wednesday 18 December 2013 06:30

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The study was conducted on adults enrolled in a public sector treatment programme in the Free State.

The study was conducted on adults enrolled in a public sector treatment programme in the Free State. (SABC)

A University of Cape Town study has found that anti-retroviral treatment helps reduce incidents of tuberculosis in HIV-infected people, as well as the mortality of those infected with both diseases.

The study was conducted on adults enrolled in a public sector treatment programme in the Free State.

UCT researcher Vanessa Timmerman says, "So, what we've seen is ARV is so highly effective in reducing the incidence of TB in these patients and also reducing mortality in this group of patients. It’s not as effective as maybe published overseas studies but is definitely effective after 8-10 years of the roll-out."

Meanwhile, about 13 million HIV-positive Africans still do not have access to the life-saving medication they require. The World Aids Campaign has told an African AIDS conference in Cape Town earlier this month that people in West and Central Africa are the worst affected by HIV/Aids and only a third of them have access to treatment.

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