Anti-retroviral therapy has increased life expectancy - research

A new study, published in The Lancet HIV Journal, found that the life expectancy for people with HIV nearly matches the general population with anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

The research analysed data from over 88 000 individuals from Europe and North America.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies asked about life expectancy in developing nations like South Africa, where access to medication is limited.

Senior research officer at Southern Africa Labour and Development Research, UCT, Brendan Maughan-Brown says there are studies that were done in Sub-Saharan Africa which show that it is possible for people living with HIV to have a near normal life expectancy as long as they start treatment early.

We now have the biggest treatment program in the world.... we have made fantastic strides recently.

Brendan Maughan-Brown, Senior Research Officer at Southern Africa Labour and Development Research, UCT

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


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