Epidemiology and Comprehensive Management of HIV-Related Diarrhea in Africa
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first identified in Africa as slim disease, partly because of the associated chronic diarrhea [1, 2]. This is still true in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where chronic diarrhea last- ing more than 1 month remains an important clini- cal presentation despite the advent of effective anti- retroviral drugs. Chronic diarrhea is associated with significant morbidity and mortality rates, particu- larly in areas where both financial and human resources are limited in providing adequate care. In this case, effective management calls for a strategic approach involving both conventional and uncon- ventional principles.
KeywordsAcquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome Chronic Diarrhea Comprehensive Management Lactose Intolerance Human Immune Deficiency Virus
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