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Canada helping fight against HIV in Africa: study

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – BC research suggests Canadian intervention is helping in the fight against HIV – AIDS in Africa. A nine-year study shows diagnosed patients can live long lives.

Heavily involved in the study is Dr. Edward Mills with the University of Ottawa. He says regular treatment is allowing patients in Uganda to survive a lot longer.

“It used to be the case that we would tell people when they came into a clinic and they have tested positive for HIV, we used to tell them they had to go home and prepare for a funeral. They had to prepare for their own death.”

He says they’ve been giving regular treatment to patients in Uganda. “If the patient can be initiated at a relatively early stage of the disease there are excellent clinical outcomes so that a patient can survive to about two-thirds of what they could be expected to survive if they didn’t have HIV.”

He says the study re-enforces the need to keep funding and expanding HIV programs.

The study was conducted by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.