HIV Spotlight on Center on Caring for the Newly Diagnosed Patient


What's the Next Game-Changer in HIV Treatment?

August 10, 2016


Anna Grimsrud, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Anna Grimsrud, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Grimsrud is the program specialist at the International AIDS Society.

I think it's going to be getting [treatment] into communities. We now have these fixed-dose combinations. You can take one pill, once a day, instead of six pills in a day. That really affords us the ability with viral load monitoring to move ART [antiretroviral therapy] delivery out into communities and out of health facilities. Patients don't need to come every month and be reminded that they have a chronic illness.

We've seen patient groups and implementers do it. We now also need the ministries of health to say, "We recognize the role of communities in supporting the rollout of treatment."

Credit: Warren Tong

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