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ZIMBABWE INTRODUCES BETTER ARV DRUG

ZIMBABWE INTRODUCES BETTER ARV DRUG

ZIMBABWE INTRODUCES BETTER ARV DRUG | Zimbabwe has introduced a new user-friendly Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ARV) drug which experts say has fewer side effects on users, and also increases adherence to treatment.

ZIMBABWE INTRODUCES BETTER ARV DRUG

The new combination drug called Tenofovir, Lamivudine, Efavirenz — also known as TLE400 — is said to be the current treatment of choice globally in the first line treatment of HIV/Aids.

The distributors of the drug in Zimbabwe, New Avakash International, said at the weekend that they had already acquired substantial stocks for both the private and public health sectors.

“From the presentations done by the ministry of Health and the private sector, it is apparent that this new combination of TLE400 as we call it actually presents lesser side effects and is also cost-effective and more tolerable with the patient,” New Avakash product manager, Kuda Chapfika, said on the sidelines of the drug’s launch in Harare on Saturday.

The new drug is taken once a day, a move experts say promotes adherence to treatment.

Ministry of Health and Child Care (Aids and TB unit) deputy director, Tsitsi Apollo, said the country was making considerable efforts to adhere to World Health Organisation treatment guidelines and to achieve the much-talked about 90-90-90 target.

This target seeks to have 90 percent of all people with HIV know their status, 90 percent of diagnosed people being on treatment, and 90 percent of those on treatment having suppressed levels of the virus in their bodies by 2020.

The new drug is taken once a day, a move experts say promotes adherence to treatment.

Ministry of Health and Child Care (Aids and TB unit) deputy director, Tsitsi Apollo, said the country was making considerable efforts to adhere to World Health Organisation treatment guidelines and to achieve the much-talked about 90-90-90 target.

This target seeks to have 90 percent of all people with HIV know their status, 90 percent of diagnosed people being on treatment, and 90 percent of those on treatment having suppressed levels of the virus in their bodies by 2020.

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