April 16, 2013
South Africa Begins Once-a-Day HIV Pill Implementation
South Africa has begun implementing its plan to give about 180,000 people a fixed-dose combination antiretroviral (ARV) medication, SA Government News Agency reports. Odimune—a generic version of Atripla (emtricitabine/efavirenz/tenofovir)—will be given to people newly diagnosed with HIV, as well as HIV-positive women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. The goal is to reduce the risk of patients failing treatment by lowering the number of pills they need to take daily.
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