Infants Start HIV Treatment Late

Three quarters of infants starting ART across 11 clinics in Southern Africa had severe HIV disease

According to a study presented at the 2014 Southern African HIV Clinicians Society conference, three quarters of infants starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) across 11 clinics in Southern Africa had severe HIV disease and 87.2 percent met the 2006 World Health Organisation’s (WHO) definition of severe immunosuppression.
 
There was a modest improvement in the proportion of infants who started treatment before the onset of severe immunosuppression or severe HIV-related illnesses after 2009, but the majority of infants starting treatment in 2012 had stage 3-4 of the HIV disease.
 
The study described the outcomes of infants starting ART at 11 clinics in Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with data collected by sites contributing to the International Epidemiologic Database to Evaluate AIDS in Southern African (IeDEA-SA).
 
To read the article titled, “Infants in southern Africa start antiretroviral therapy late with advanced disease,” click here.

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