HIV: is early start of ART prudent?

Transmission of HIV from mother to child (vertical transmission) can be prevented by providing short-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) to the mother and just-born infant. By the same logic, can HIV transmission be reduced or even be prevented in the general population by starting ART immediately after a person is found to be HIV positive immaterial … Continue reading HIV: is early start of ART prudent?

Editorial: Study confirms the merits of nutrition

Published in The Hindu on August 14, 2008 A large-scale study, involving more than 10, 500 people, undertaken by the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society has conclusively demonstrated that providing micro and macro nutritional supplements to people with HIV/AIDS improves their health, and greatly delays the progression of the disease. The study included both … Continue reading Editorial: Study confirms the merits of nutrition

AIDS: importance of nutrition confirmed

Published in The Hindu on July 31, 2008 In what may be the biggest study ever conducted in India, the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) has found conclusive evidence that providing micro and macronutrients to people living with HIV/AIDS greatly improves their health and quality of life. The 18-month study undertaken in association … Continue reading AIDS: importance of nutrition confirmed

Relooking at single-dose nevirapine strategy, to cut drug resistance

Published in The Hindu on June 5, 2008 Eight years after starting the programme of giving single-dose nevirapine to both mother and infant to cut the mother-to-child transmission (vertical transmission), the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) is having a relook at the monotherapy strategy. Despite its ability to cut vertical transmission by 45-55 per cent, … Continue reading Relooking at single-dose nevirapine strategy, to cut drug resistance

Evaluating drug resistance in HIV positive people

Published in The Hindu on June 5, 2008 Four years after starting the antiretroviral therapy (ART) programme to treat people infected with HIV, efforts are underway to determine the extent of drug resistance in the treated population. That drug resistance is present is well known. The necessity to provide second-line drug treatment to people who … Continue reading Evaluating drug resistance in HIV positive people

Editorial: A significant pilot study

Published in The Hindu on March 21, 2007 Tamil Nadu has been in the forefront in implementing HIV/AIDS prevention and control measures since the early 1990s and the latest initiative to be undertaken by the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) along with the World Food Programme reaffirms the State's commitment in tackling the … Continue reading Editorial: A significant pilot study