In Uganda the prescription of three antiretroviral drugs, which aim to suppress the virus to prevent disease progression, have resulted in huge reductions in HIV mortality rates. However, disease is not the only scourge in Uganda, and a new study in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology explores the impact food insecurity may have on treating pregnant women.
19 February 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Impoverished Kenyans living with HIV/AIDs are sometimes selling their antiretroviral drugs to buy food for themselves and their families. Medical professionals believe there has been a slight growth in the trend, saying that people are simply trying to survive.
05 March 2013 | Voice of America
An HIV-positive child whose family does not have enough good food available is more likely to have a poor clinical outcome, researchers reported. They found that children who did not always have enough to eat had lower CD4 counts as well as higher chances of incomplete viral suppression.
12 February 2013 | Baylor College of Medicine press release
Can treatment with modern anti-HIV drugs help fight hunger for HIV-infected patients in Africa? Starting antiretroviral therapy for HIV reduces "food insecurity" among patients in Uganda, suggests a new study.
06 December 2012 | Science Daily
Nombulelo Manala Lubhelu (45) of Lusikisiki-kwaGqwarhu location has taken the tough decision of declining lifesaving antiretrovirals (ARVs) because she is simply too poor to buy food and does not want to take her medication on an empty stomach.
31 October 2012 | AllAfrica
The illegal sale of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that curb HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is rampant in Kenya. Patients who receive the drugs for free under international aid programs are selling them to wealthy people who want to keep their HIV secret, or to those elsewhere in Africa who face difficulties obtaining the medication.
29 October 2012 | The Asahi Shimbun
People with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who don't have reliable access to nutritious food are more likely to end up in the hospital than those who regularly get enough to eat, a new study from San Francisco suggests.
13 September 2012 | Reuters
Inadequate access to nutritious food is associated with increased hospitalizations and emergency room visits among HIV-positive individuals, and ensuring that patients have enough to eat may need to be a priority for the doctors and nurses who treat them, the San Francisco Chronicle says.
In a paper released Wednesday, the scientists reported that 56 percent of HIV-positive patients who are homeless or living in substandard housing are also food insecure, which is defined as a regular inability to obtain enough healthy food. The researchers looked at 347 HIV patients, all of whom live in San Francisco.
22 August 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle
Mr. Paul Nabende, 62, has been HIV positive since 2006. Although fit and strong between 2007-2009 and able to look for food and money for himself and his children, he has now weakened so much that he can’t work or afford to feed himself and his family.
03 January 2012 | Key Correspondents
Rising food prices are taking a toll in East Africa on low-income people who have the virus that causes AIDS. An expert on HIV/AIDS for the World Food Program says some HIV patients are refusing to take their medicine.
22 December 2011 | Washington Post