Lack of clean water hampers fight against AIDS in Africa

December 2, 2014 2:15 AM

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LONDON — Lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation in southern Africa hampers the fight against HIV/AIDS by reducing the effectiveness of lifesaving drugs, according to a study marking World AIDS Day.

Access to clean water is essential for HIV-positive patients who receive antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, because they need 1.5 liters of water per day just to absorb the medicine, said a report published by WaterAid and SAfAIDS charities.

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