New WHO HIV Guidelines Recommend ‘Treat-All’ Strategy, Preventive Therapy For People At ‘Substantial’ Risk Of Infection

News outlets report on new WHO guidelines announced Wednesday calling for all people living with HIV to receive treatment without delay.

Associated Press: U.N.: HIV patients should start treatment immediately
“The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AIDS should be treated immediately. That guidance fits with what is already recommended in many developed nations, including the United States…” (Cheng, 9/30).

BBC News: WHO backs ‘treat-all’ HIV drug plan
“…UNAIDS said these changes could help avert 21 million AIDS-related deaths and 28 million new infections by 2030. The recommendations increase the number of people with HIV eligible for antiretrovirals from 28 million to 37 million across the world…” (9/30).

CNN: HIV patients should start treatment immediately, U.N. says in new push
“…Recent trials emphasized that immediate treatment prolongs life and reduces the risks of transmitting the virus, according to the U.N.’s World Health Organization…” (Karimi, 9/30).

Deutsche Welle: WHO: Everyone with HIV should get antiretroviral drugs
“…Previous guidelines had suggested ART for patients whose immune cell counts had fallen below a certain threshold…” (9/30).

Reuters: WHO ramps up HIV drug push with call for early treatment for all
“…All people at ‘substantial’ risk of contracting HIV should also be given preventive ART, not just men who have sex with men, the WHO said…” (Nebehay, 9/30).

VOA News: WHO Calls for Early Treatment for All HIV Patients
“…The U.N. health agency says expanding access to treatment is at the heart of a new set of targets aimed at ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030…” (9/30).