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Study Questions Whether “Test and Treat” is an Effective Strategy for HIV Treatment

“Test and Treat” (T&T) is an aggressive strategy that aims to eliminate HIV by immediately giving all those who test positive for HIV potent treatment, whether they need it or not. New research published in PLoS ONE  casts doubts over whether such a strategy is sustainable in a developing country like South Africa. Although the WHO predicts that a T&T strategy could eliminate HIV in South Africa within a decade, researchers argue that the WHO model “under-estimates survival time on treatment and ignores the risk of resistance,” while also costing 12 billion more than a universal access strategy.

Read it in PLOSone