PopART: All-Out War On AIDS In Africa
LONDON - A massive new study of HIV/AIDS could help turn the tide of the epidemic globally. The PopART study - of 24 communities in Zambia and South Africa - is testing a powerful combination of approaches to HIV in the community: universal testing, immediate treatment for patients and a range of preventive measures. The $37 million research trial is jointly funded by the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator, the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Richard Hayes of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine described the rationale and the potential benefit of the PopART study to Derek Thorne.