Commentary & Opinion

Global Health Community Must Recognize Merits of HIV Treatment as Prevention

May 20, 2011

"Many interesting research questions now lie ahead. But most urgent will be the assessment of the practical impact of these findings and their public health importance in generalised epidemics," according to a Lancet editorial about last week's release of study results showing early HIV treatment dramatically reduces transmission risk. "Another immediate issue will be to reflect these findings in ongoing and future prevention trials," the Lancet adds.

"Findings now need to be translated into policy and action," the editorial states, calling for PEPFAR and the Global Fund "to reassess their prevention portfolios ... There is now an ethical imperative for guidelines to be revised to start treatment much earlier than recommended" (5/21).

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See Also
Treating HIV-Infected People With Antiretrovirals Reduces Transmission to Partners by 96%, Study Finds
HPTN 052 Results -- Another Win for Early HIV Therapy
Major Opinion on Major HIV/AIDS Crisis: Why Isn't the U.S. Funding More Treatment for Its Citizens?

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