SOUTH AFRICA: 55% of HIV Patients Go Missing Before Treatment

A study has found that about 55 percent of HIV patients in South Africa who are not eligible for treatment at the time of diagnosis will disappear from clinics within a year of initial monitoring, leaving a serious gap in HIV care and prevention, say researchers.
Most patients in South Africa must have a CD4 count – a measure of the immune system’s strength – of 200 or less to be eligible for antiretrovirals (ARVs), but previous research has shown that about two-thirds of people will not meet ARV treatment criteria at diagnosis.

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