Increased HAART Coverage Effective in Reducing 50pc of New Yearly HIV Infections

by Savitha C Muppala on  February 20, 2010 at 11:47 PM AIDS/HIV News
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 Increased HAART Coverage Effective in Reducing 50pc of New Yearly HIV Infections
Expanded highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) coverage is associated with a 50 percent decrease in new yearly HIV infections among injection drug users, a new study has found.

The comprehensive population-based study, conducted by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), has been presented at the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in San Francisco.

These results were temporally related to an outreach effort specifically targeting injection drug users. In addition, increased HAART coverage was associated with a decrease in the community HIV plasma viral load in British Columbia.

The study results point to the effectiveness of HAART in providing life-supporting benefits to all HIV-infected people, including those in marginalized communities such as injection drug users. A previous BC-CfE study showed that five-year mortality is similar between HIV-infected injection drug users and non-users infected with HIV and treated with HAART. Today's results show that HAART's secondary benefit of HIV prevention will also be realized among drug users.

"Our results clearly reveal the need to develop specific initiatives to increase HAART coverage among injection drug users," said Dr. Julio Montaner, Director, BC-CfE, and an early proponent of expanding HAART coverage as a way to decrease progression to AIDS and death in HIV-infected individuals and to prevent HIV infections among individuals at risk. (ANI)

Source: ANI
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All high risk groups should be tested for HIV. A small tattoo on the inner thighs would warn the intending sexual partner of unprotected sex. This with aggressive treatment with latest drug therapy and wide spread dissemination of Aids awareness would surely reduce the spread of Aids

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Having a complete STD testing will lead you and keep you abreast on your sexual health. STD Testing must be done regularly so as to learn more preventive measures. Testing is done confidentially at Local STD testing labs.

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