Increased Spending Necessary To End AIDS Epidemic
Nature: The HIV epidemic can be stopped
“As scientists prepare to meet in Vancouver, Canada, for the annual meeting of the International AIDS Society (IAS) on 19-22 July, many argue that the end of the AIDS epidemic could be in sight. A mass of convincing data, they say, shows that the universal roll-out of antiretroviral treatment provides a means to stop HIV — but only if the world acts fast. … Getting there will take a massive financial investment — as much as US$36 billion annually, compared with current investment of $19 billion per year. That represents as much as 2.1 percent of the gross domestic product of some affected nations. Coaxing forth that level of investment in an age of austerity will be difficult. But, by modelling the economic gains of people remaining healthy and productive members of society, [a UNAIDS-Lancet] commission estimates that countries with large HIV burdens will benefit from their increased spending…” (7/7).