HIV rates lower in high treatment areas

2012-03-09 14:26

Geneva - A new study shows that people living in areas where uptake of HIV treatment is high are less likely to acquire the virus than in places where few are given care, UNAids said on Thursday.

The research by the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies marks the first time that the positive impact of antiretroviral therapy on infection rates has been proven for a community, said the UN agency.

"These findings are extremely important," said UNAids programme division's deputy executive director Paul De Lay.

"UNAids encourages all countries and communities to achieve high coverage of antiretroviral therapy, both for the benefit of people living with HIV and for the communities in which they live," said De Lay.

The research on data collected from KwaZulu-Natal found that in areas where antiretroviral therapy uptake is above 30%, uninfected people are 38% less likely to acquire the human immunodeficiency virus.

"It is the first time that we have been able to show such results in a population setting - an important finding which will help guide the Aids response," said Frank Tanser from the research centre in the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Kala - 2012-03-09 15:36

    Does this story not just state the absolute obvious? It's a bit like saying that people who live in high snowfall areas are more likely to get cold than those living on the equator. I sure hope not too much money was spent on it.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-09 15:53

      I agree. 'Studies prove that more elephants are born in areas where there are elephants, than, in fact, areas where there are none"

      Kala - 2012-03-09 15:59

      Another study has shown that there are more Chinese speaking people in China than any where else in the world

      Mr Kcopah - 2012-03-09 16:55

      And another pretty obvious "study" is that there are more idiots commenting on news24 than other news sites

      Pharaoh - 2012-03-09 20:52

      I am failing to understand why human specie need to worry about HIV. Can somebody clued up please share some light?

  • Thorsten Wach - 2012-03-09 23:28

    viva la logica

  • Andrew - 2012-03-11 08:00

    Its extremely important because it means that basically people taking anti-retrovirals are less contageous then those that don't. (The anti-retroviral does not only affect the recipient but other people as well. Just like vacines do.) People should't confuse HIV and Aids. The question is why are people less contageous. Are they less contageous because of more awareness or because the drugs makes a person less contageous. Does it work on both sexes. (Less energy from having Aids tends to reduce male sexual activity much more then females). Do the anti-retrovirals also reduce sexual transmitted diseases which encourage transmission. How much of the reduction is from babies not been born positive. And most important of all, will the longer lifespan of a anti-retroviral user eventually results in more transmission per person resulting in almost the entire sexually active population been HIV positive and on retroviral waiting for a cure dreading a civil war/WW3.

      Pharaoh - 2012-03-12 08:06

      Maybe the relevant question to ask Andrew is: Is there a casual connection between HIV and Aids? If you have the answer kindly post the link to a scientific paper or citation that proves the hypothesis (HIV causes Aids).

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