Antiretroviral Treatment Access Key To Lowering Opportunistic Infections Incidence In LMICs, Report Says

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Access to HIV treatment averted about a million serious illnesses, saved nearly $50 million in 2013 alone, review finds
Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor for “Science Speaks,” discusses a new report published in Clinical Infectious Diseases analyzing data on adults living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries, writing, “[I]nitiation of antiretroviral treatment lowered the risks of opportunistic infections during the first year of treatment from as much as 57 percent to 91 percent, saving millions of dollars in costs of treating illnesses that include pneumonia, fungal infections, parasitic infections, and tuberculosis…” (4/12).