Government has launched a new HIV drug called Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF) which suppresses the viral load within 10 to 14 days.
Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya said the newly launched regimen drug can also be administered to children of 25 kilogrammes and above, as a single tablet daily.
Speaking when he launched the drug in Lusaka on Thursday, Dr. Chilufya said Zambia is the first country in the world to introduce TAF.
He said TAF is co-formulated with Emtricitabine and Dolutegravir adding that it is a better and safer tolerated with less bone and kidney side effects.
He said that the new drug will help Zambia achieve the epidemic control of HIV by 2021.
This was contained in a statement issued by Ministry of Health Head of Media Relations Stanslous Ngosa.