Life expectancy has unexpectedly jumped from 54 to 60 in 3 years in South Africa. This great news was published end November in the prestigious “The Lancet” journal. Co-author Professor Salim Abdool Karim described the 10 percent increase in life expectancy from the age of 54 to 60 in three short years as “absolutely stunning”. The main reason for the dramatic increase in life expectancy has been the massive expansion of the country’s HIV treatment programme, now reaching around 1.8 million people. So there is indeed proof that antiretroviral treatment gives not only life back to those infected but also brings back quality, length and all the other changes a country needed to survive and prosper. To read the article from Kerry Cullinan click here.
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