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Improvements in physical wellbeing over the first two years on antiretroviral therapy in western Kenya
A new study published in AIDS Care looked at 222 HIV-positive adult tea plantation workers in western Kenya to assess wellbeing over their first two years on ART. Results showed substantial improvements in physical wellbeing during two years after ART initiation.
Improvements were largest in the first few months after initiating treatment but were generally sustained over two years. These gains are important in sustaining long-term adherence to ART and the long-term success of HIV treatment programs. The authors recommend future research targeted at determining predictors of wellbeing on ART.
The study was sponsored and conducted by Boston University, in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit in Kenya, which heads the Walter Reed Project there.