n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Was higher viral load responsible for the African HIV epidemic? : AIDS brief

Volume 31, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Researchers from Cornell University in New York have found that the average HIV viral load of people not taking anti-retroviral medication (ART) in Africa, and especially in southern and eastern Africa, is higher than the viral loads of untreated patients in other parts of the world. The so-called 'community viral load' (CVL) off treatment was nearly four times higher on average in sub-Saharan Africa as a whole, and 5.5 times higher in southern African countries excluding South Africa, than it was in North America.

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