Centers focusing on HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa are highly accessed point-of-care facilities and could be used to promote other health issues and integrate treatment for neglected tropical diseases, such as helminth infections, according to a report by global health researchers (Gerns HL et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012;6:e1738).
Millions of individuals in this region, including young children who are infected with HIV, are co-infected with helminths, which can cause anemia, malnutrition, and impaired cognitive development. There is also evidence that helminth infections undermine the body's response to vaccines and induce immunosuppressive responses.
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