Great so now they can starve, get slaughtered in some absurd war, or otherwise live a miserable longer life. Way to go


After South Africa rolled out large-scale antiretroviral therapy (ART) programs for people with HIV infection during the early 2000s, life expectancy in 1 rural community increased sharply and treatment was proven cost-effective, according to new research in today’s Science.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston analyzed data in household surveillance surveys collected between 2000 and 2011 in a district of KwaZulu-Natal that is one of the poorest in South Africa. Some 29% of adults in the community have HIV infection, and more than half of all deaths there were HIV-related a decade ago.

In 2004, however, South Africa launched public ART programs with the goal of treating everyone who met certain disease-stage criteria. The first patients in KwaZulu-Natal were enrolled in September of that year. By July 2011, 13.8% of community residents aged 15 years or older sought care in the program and 7.4% in…

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