Human Rights-Based Approach To HIV Prevention, Treatment Needed To End AIDS Epidemic By 2030
The Lancet: HIV: the question is not when to treat, but how to treat
“Last week, WHO expedited release of their Guideline on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, ahead of the updated comprehensive guidelines scheduled for publication later this year. … The recommendations are welcome but ambitious. Whereas trials have shown that treatment can work as prevention, no studies exist that address how such a strategy can be executed on a global scale. By not specifying how the most vulnerable will access the recommended measures of health care, this guideline risks failing those most at need. With two million new infections occurring every year, treatment alone will not end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. A human rights-based approach that encompasses tailored combination HIV prevention must remain at the heart of the response” (10/10).