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Managing non-communicable diseases among people living with HIV
Theo Smart, 2016-09-13 15:00:00
Non-communicable diseases - including cardiovascular diseases,
diabetes, cancers, and other illnesses - will represent a significant challenge
for HIV care in low- and middle-income countries as the population of people on
HIV treatment grows and ages, the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban
heard in July.
of care which can manage non-communicable diseases in people living with HIV,
as well as in the general population, will be a critical part of developing a
health system that can provide different patterns of care to people with HIV according
to their needs – so-called `differentiated` care.
Kara Wools-Kaloustian from Indiana University School of Medicine,
co-primary investigator for the East-African International Epidemiologic
Database to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) cohort, believes the best response would be
to develop and strengthen systems that support health in the general
for HIV or for NCDs.
integrated chronic disease management model will likely be the most
cost-effective and sustainable approach," she said.