Antiretroviral treatment increases life expectancy by 9 years

According to UNAIDS, there are 7.3 million South Africans living with HIV/AIDS to date, of which 56% are accessing antiretroviral therapy.

World Aids Day is celebrated every year on December 1 to create awareness on HIV/AIDS epidemic.

President of the SA Medical Research Council, Professor Glenda Gray, says South Africa has come a long way in its battle against the virus.

She says South Africa has the largest antiretroviral treatment program in the world which is funded by the government and has increased life expectancy by 9 years.

We have made great strides and we can say the roll out of antiretroviral has breathed life into South Africans.

Prof Glenda Gray, President of the SA Medical Research Council

Although the treatment campaign is going well the infection rate still continues unabated, says Gray.

She says the only way to deal with the increasing infection rate is to put more people on antiretrovirals to prevent infections from person to person.

The more people are on treatment the less infectious they are.

Prof Glenda Gray, President of the SA Medical Research Council

To hear how the SA Medical Research Council is dealing with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, listen below:


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