HIV experts sound alarm about patients who stop meds

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HIV experts sound alarm about patients who stop meds

Same-day ART treatment initiative is a success, but there’s a very worrying spin-off, they warn

Storm Lewis

Efforts to implement same-day treatment for HIV patients have shown success, but experts are worried about the number of patients who quickly stop antiretroviral therapy (ART).

“There is a serious concern regarding the reduced rate of retention among the same-day ART initiators,” said doctors who analysed the treatment of tens of thousands of HIV-positive patients.

Within 10 months of being told in August 2017 to provide HIV-positive people with immediate ART, clinics in Johannesburg and Limpopo were succeeding with more than half of their patients...

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