Monday, 31 March 2008

Mwanza study confirms cost-effectiveness of STI management in HIV contro

From AFRICA Science News

A study conducted in Mwanza, Tanzania, of syndromic management of STIs - treatment of presenting symptoms according to guidelines - showed that STI treatment was cost-effective in reducing HIV incidence

However, later African trials failed to find a reduction in HIV incidence with such management. Based on the Mwanza study, a report by an international team of researchers in the March 1st edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows that in sub-Saharan Africa, the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remains a cost-effective strategy for controlling HIV in a number of different scenarios.

Even in mature epidemics with substantial condom use, their study found that more than half of new HIV infections may be attributable to STIs.

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