HIV patients can now live full life. This was the front page story in the New Vision on Monday July 20th 2011. The story talked about how HIV positive people in Uganda (and indeed elsewhere in Africa) can expect to live to their full life span thanks to ARVs. It was referred to as the biggest analysis of life expectancy south of the Sahara.
These were the results of a study on sero-discordant couples titled “Life expectancy of persons receiving combination Antiretroviral Therapy in Low income countries: A cohort analysis from Uganda. It was carried out in collaboration between TASO and the Canadian African Prevention Trails Network through British Colombia Center for Excellence in HIV Research and the Medical Research Council in Jinja. The team was led by Dr. Ed Mills. Among the team of researchers were TASO’s Celestin Bakanda and Dr. Josephine Birungi.
The full paper was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine which can be accessed through HINARI.