Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Rwanda to treat HIV discordant couples

Couples in Rwanda who go voluntarily get tested for HIV and discover that one partner is positive could soon benefit from early treatment. The government, based on a study released in May, is now talking about beginning the HIV positive partner on treatment immediately. The study found that early initiation of treatment dramatically reduced the incidence of transmission in HIV discordant couples. This is a fascinating move by an African government. Treating thousands of HIV positive patients earlier will cost a lot of money. If the predicted benefits are realised and fewer people become infected, however, it could all be worth it. Definitely a situation to watch going forward.

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