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South Africa develops anti-AIDS pill

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The South African government has introduced a single-dose anti-AIDS drug that's aimed at simplifying treatment for people living with the HIV virus.

The tablet is known as atroiza and is a three-in-one combo antiretroviral, or ARV drug. It was just manufactured two weeks ago at a clinic in Pretoria.

AIDS is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that's transmitted through the bodily fluids of an infected person. Over time, the condition breaks down a person's immune system.

Currently 1.7 million patients are on ARV treatment in South Africa and the government hopes to expand that to two and a half million by the end of 2014.

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