Study names hypertension a significant risk among HIV patients


A recent study by the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) has highlighted hypertension as a significant risk factor among People Living with HIV (PLHIV).

The study, led by CIDRZ’s TASKPEN project, aimed to improve the management of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in health facilities.

The results were revealed by CIDRZ HIV Programmes Coordinator, Daniel Mwamba, when he presented the study findings during the 59th Zambia Medical Association Scientific Conference held in Livingstone on August 18.

“The survey conducted at two clinics in Lusaka revealed a high prevalence of hypertension among 447 PLHIV study participants aged 18 years and above,” Mwamba said in a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday.

He said the baseline study found a prevalence of 33.9 percent and 39.9 percent.

Mwamba stated that most health workers needed more appropriate orientation regarding NCD treatment guidelines.

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He also emphasised the need to strengthen NCD management by improving data collection and surveillance.

“The TASKPEN project focuses on addressing Cardiometabolic complications faced by PLHIV,” Mwamba said.

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