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Malnutrition decreases effectiveness of HIV treatment in pregnant African women

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.

Published
19 February 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Antiretroviral Drugs Sold for Food in Kenya’s Slums

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.

Published
05 March 2013
From
Voice of America
Texas: Food availability linked with poor outcomes for HIV-positive children

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.

Published
12 February 2013
From
Baylor College of Medicine press release
Antiretroviral treatment for HIV reduces food insecurity, study finds

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.

Published
06 December 2012
From
Science Daily
South Africa: Surviving On an Empty Stomach

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.

Published
31 October 2012
From
AllAfrica
For many destitute Kenyans, illegal sales of anti-HIV drugs only means of survival

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.

Published
29 October 2012
From
The Asahi Shimbun
Food insecurity adds to health problems in HIV

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.

Published
13 September 2012
From
Reuters
Better food seen as key in AIDS treatment

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.

Published
22 August 2012
From
San Francisco Chronicle
Uganda: Food insecurity decreases after starting ART

Food insecurity significantly decreased over time, and nutritional status improved, in adults starting antiretroviral treatment (ART) in Uganda, researchers report in the advance online edition

Published
06 July 2012
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Vigilance over early weight loss on HIV treatment needed, Tanzanian study shows

Nearly one-third of patients experienced substantial weight loss in the first ten months after starting antiretroviral therapy, research has shown. Leading American and Tanzanian researchers warn that healthcare

Published
18 January 2012
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
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