The World Health Organization (WHO) released a treat-all recommendation on Wednesday for those affected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that eliminates all limitations on the use of, and eligibility for, antiretroviral therapy.
In addition to this, the WHO also recommends those that have an increased risk of contracting the virus should seek preventative antiretroviral treatment. Clinical studies have shown that early infection treatment is beneficial to those with HIV, and it has been seen to also reduce the risk of transmitting it to their partners.
"We welcome the early release of this guideline," Executive Director of the Global Fund Mark Dybul said. "The two recommendations are critically important to moving us towards the fast-track treatment and prevention goals. Expanding access to treatment and prevention, especially for key populations and adolescent girls, is now a major global health challenge that requires our collective commitment and determination. We must embrace ambition if we are going to end HIV as a public health threat.”
The WHO states with these recommendations in place antiretroviral treatment eligibility increases to 37 million global HIV patients, and these come as a part of the target of eliminating the auto immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic by 2030. The full guidelines are set to be released later in 2015.