Anti-retroviral drugs reduce AIDS deaths in Malawi: one-third of those infected taking drugs, with 66% survival rate thus far

by BBC News

Malawi AIDS patient.  The relatively low survival rate of 66% of those on drugs appears to be principally due to two factors: patients starting the treatment late or not having access to proper nutrition. Photo: IRIN News

Distributing anti-retroviral drugs in Malawi has led to a huge fall in Aids-related deaths, an official says.

Mary Shawa told the Reuters news agency that 67% of those taking the ARV drugs are still alive.

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