At IAS 2015 Conference, HIV/AIDS Experts Endorse Vancouver Consensus Calling For Access To Early Treatment, PrEP

News outlets report on the Vancouver Consensus Statement endorsed by HIV/AIDS experts at the International AIDS Society conference taking place this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Agence France-Presse: Experts urge shift in HIV treatment at global meet in Canada
“AIDS researchers released a call to action Sunday for a worldwide shift in HIV treatment, to providing medication immediately after diagnosis instead of first watching for signs of illness to appear…” (7/19).

aidsmap: Vancouver Consensus statement calls for early access to treatment and PrEP worldwide
“…The Vancouver Consensus Statement has been endorsed by leaders of major agencies including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and UNAIDS, and is intended to place pressure on donors and governments to support expanded treatment and prevention…” (Alcorn, 7/20).

International Business Times: Fighting AIDS: Experts Urge Immediate Treatment For People Living With HIV
“…The experts signed a statement, dubbed the ‘Vancouver Consensus,’ which said that immediate treatment ‘can effectively protect people at risk of infection through prophylactic use.’ All people with HIV must have access to medication immediately after diagnosis, while legal barriers and bias must be dismantled, according to the statement…” (Bora, 7/20).