Dr Cissy Kityo, the Joint Clinical Research Center executive director said one of the injectable ARVs is given once every two months and the other is given once every six months allowing convenient dosing for patients
“ The available treatment is at least one pill a day, before this , patients used to take many pills . People get fatigued from taking pills every day. We are looking at long acting anti retroviral therapy which is given every two months,”she said.
Meanwhile these Injectable drugs provide an alternative treatment option to the traditional daily oral medications commonly used to combat HIV. This advancement can address some of the challenges faced by individuals, such as adherence to medication regimens.
By offering a longer-lasting effect, injectable drugs have the potential to reduce the frequency of medication administration.
This advantage not only simplifies treatment but also improves convenience for patients, potentially enhancing medication adherence and overall outcomes.
The health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng during the meeting said although there are challenges,the country has already made significant progress in the HIV fight.
The introduction of these injectable drugs highlights the continuous progress made in HIV research and treatment. It underscores the commitment of scientists, researchers, and healthcare professionals in developing novel approaches to combating the virus.
However, it is crucial to note that while injectable drugs represent a significant advancement, they are not a cure for HIV. They serve as a valuable addition to the existing treatment options available, providing more choices and flexibility for individuals in managing their condition.
It is also important to acknowledge the need for equitable access to these medications. As with any new medical intervention, ensuring affordability and availability for all those in need is paramount.
This will require collaboration between governments, pharmaceutical companies, and healthcare organizations to make these injectable drugs accessible to marginalized communities and low-income countries.
The development of injectable drugs marks a promising milestone in the fight against HIV. These medications offer enhanced convenience and potential improvements in treatment adherence.
While not a cure, they provide an additional tool in managing the virus. To maximize their impact, efforts must be made to ensure equitable access to these drugs worldwide, enabling all individuals living with HIV to benefit from these technological advancements.
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