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A mobile van (a third of the way center left) to dispense antiretroviral treatment is dispensed in one of five communities in South Africa and Uganda. Photo courtesy of Delivery Optimization for Antiretroviral Therapy
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In parts of Africa, where the rate of HIV is high, researchers found that using mobile vans to dispense antiretroviral treatment and other care greatly increased viral suppression.

Researchers enrolled 1,315 people living with HIV and not on antiretroviral treatment in a nearly three-year study in South Africa and Uganda using mobile vans to dispense treatment.

The randomized controlled trial, conducted between May 2016 and March 2019, found that viral suppression was 74 percent, compared to 63 percent for those seen in a clinic. The results were presented March 9 at the virtual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

Read the entire story at EurekAlert! and related stories at ContagionLive, and European Pharmaceutical Review. Ruanne Barnabas, associate professor of global health, is quoted.