November 29, 2017

Upbeat news this World Aids Day

World Aids Day related reports in the global media have been upbeat, citing the advances in science, as well as the new UNAIDS report that shows that access to treatment has risen significantly. In 2000, just 685,000 people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral therapy. Now, nearly 21 million people living with HIV are on treatment

Now people with HIV can expect to have a normal lifespan if they are on treatment. But stigma still keeps many millions of people from testing regularly. In many parts of the world, health policy needs to be reformed to ensure citizens have access to the full suite of HIV prevention tools, like Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, the once-a-day prevention pill for those at high risk of HIV infection.