Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Encouraging results from China's antiretroviral program for HIV children

With antiretroviral  therapy, HIV survival rates were higher than 94%
 by Michael Woodhead

China's paediatric antiretroviral program for children with HIV is highly effective, latest figures show. 
A review of medical data from more than 1800 children under 15 who were treated with antiretrovirals found that more than 94% were still alive and in improved health after three years of treatment There were 93 deaths among 4,022 child-years of treatment and the overall mortality rate was 2.31 per 100, according to Dr Zhang Fujie and co-researchers from the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing Ditan Hospital. As expected, the factors associated with higher death rates included weight-for-age and markers of stage of disease such as haemoglobin levels and CD4 cell levels. "Our finding that 94% of children engaged in this program are still alive and of improved health after three years of treatment demonstrates that China's national paediatric ART program is effective," they conclude.
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