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Antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa: adherence lessons from tuberculosis and leprosy.

Abstract

Declining drug costs and increases in international donor interest are leading to greater availability of antiretroviral treatment programmes for persons living with the human immunodeficiency virus in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Ensuring adequate adherence to antiretroviral drug therapy is one of the principal challenges facing successful implementation in Africa, where 70% of the world's infected persons live. Tuberculosis and leprosy are two diseases of global importance whose control programmes can provide important lessons for developing antiretroviral drug adherence strategies. This paper examines various approaches used in tuberculosis and leprosy control which could help enhance adherence to antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Reid S E
Reid C A
Vermund S H
Year of Publication
2004
Journal
International journal of STD & AIDS
Volume
15
Issue
11
Number of Pages
713-6
Date Published
2004 Nov
Language
eng
ISSN Number
0956-4624
Call Number
REID 2004
DOI
10.1258/0956462042395195
Alternate Journal
Int J STD AIDS
Publication Language
eng