New HIV Trial Claims Thousands Of Lives Could Be Saved With Small Change In Medication

HIV itself does not kill a person, but it in fact leaves the body exposed to bacterial infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis. In a new study it is found over 10,000 lives could be saved from the virus with a small change in the medication.

Usually we have seen HIV is diagnosed very late, when the immune system of a person is ravaged and the body is left to be vulnerable.

Researchers tried a cocktail of drugs during the initial level of HIV therapy to treat the upcoming infections.

Usually the earlier version of antiretroviral therapy poses risk as after restoring the immune system the body realizes a sudden infection and this resulted with launching of strong attack, most of the time in the brain.

Details of the study are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It writes the trial was conducted in Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Nearly 2,000 patients above the age of five were involved and with the simple change in medication the death rate dropped by 27 percent while tuberculosis declined by 28 percent.

The researchers said in average three lives were saved by them in the trial for every 100 patients treated.

One of the authors of the study said, “You might save over 10,000 deaths, but also prevent tuberculosis disease, cryptococcal meningitis and hospital admissions, which are costly.”