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Antiretroviral therapy, labor productivity, and sex: a longitudinal cohort study of tea pluckers in Kenya.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23014516     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the impact of antiretroviral therapy (ART) on labor productivity and income using detailed employment data from two large tea plantations in western Kenya for HIV-infected tea pluckers who initiated ART.
DESIGN: Longitudinal study using primary data on key employment outcomes for a group of HIV-infected workers receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) and workers in the general workforce.
METHODS: We used nearest-neighbor matching methods to estimate the impacts of HIV/AIDS and ART among 237 HIV-positive pluckers on ART (index group) over a 4-year period (2 years pre-ART and post-ART) on 4 monthly employment outcomes - days plucking tea, total kilograms (kgs) harvested, total days working, and total labor income. Outcomes for the index group were compared with those for a matched reference group from the general workforce.
RESULTS: We observed a rapid deterioration in all four outcomes for HIV-infected individuals in the period before ART initiation and then a rapid improvement after treatment initiation. By 18-24 months after treatment initiation, the index group harvested 8% (men) and 19% (women) less tea than reference individuals. The index group earned 6% (men) and 9% (women) less income from labor than reference individuals. Women's income would have dropped further if they had not been able to offset their decline in tea plucking by spending more time on nonplucking assignments.
CONCLUSION: HIV-infected workers experienced long-term income reductions before and after initiating ART. The implications of such long-term impacts in low-income countries have not been adequately addressed.
Bruce A Larson; Matthew P Fox; Margaret Bii; Sydney Rosen; Julia Rohr; Douglas Shaffer; Fredrick Sawe; Monique Wasunna; Jonathon L Simon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AIDS (London, England)     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1473-5571     ISO Abbreviation:  AIDS     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-12     Completed Date:  2013-06-17     Revised Date:  2014-07-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8710219     Medline TA:  AIDS     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  115-23     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
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MeSH Terms
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / drug therapy,  economics,  epidemiology*
Anti-HIV Agents / economics,  therapeutic use*
CD4 Lymphocyte Count
Cohort Studies
HIV Seropositivity / drug therapy,  economics,  epidemiology*
Kenya / epidemiology
Longitudinal Studies
Middle Aged
Policy Making
Sex Distribution
Workload / economics
Grant Support
5R01TW7181-3/TW/FIC NIH HHS; R01 TW007181/TW/FIC NIH HHS
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-HIV Agents; 0/Tea

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