SA could soon have safer and cheaper HIV treatment

According to the latest SA Medical Journal, an HIV treatment study called Advance which is due to be conducted in Johannesburg next month could lead to better‚ safer and cheaper HIV treatment.

It is estimated that by 2019 two new drug combinations could treat an additional 2 million people without increased cost.

Professor Francois Venter, Deputy Executive Director at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) says the new drugs could be cheaper than the current antiretroviral treatment.

He says the treatment was put together by experts internationally and locally, in conjunction with drug companies to develop the best treatment for HIV.

This is a big deal because South Africa is going to be spending R 10 billion on antiretrovirals annually.

Professor Francois Venter, Deputy Executive Director at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute

Venter says if they get it right, this could mean we will be ahead of the Americans and the Europeans.

To hear how these drugs works and how the study will be conducted, listen below:

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