July 24, 2017

Swaziland turns around world’s highest HIV infection rate: report

Written by AFP News

This article originally appeared on Yahoo.

Swaziland, which bears the world’s heaviest HIV burden, has halved the rate of new infections in five years by boosting access to virus-suppressing drugs, researchers said Monday.

The country where about one in three adults are infected with the AIDS-causing virus, has vastly expanded public programmes to test people for HIV infection and put them on life-saving anti-retroviral treatment (ART).

“Since 2011, national HIV incidence in Swaziland dropped by almost half,” a research team led by Velephi Okello of the Swazi health ministry said in a written presentation to an HIV science conference in Paris.

Incidence is the word used by epidemiologists for the rate of new infections in a population.

Read the full post >>