WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

WHO issues new protocol to decrease new HIV cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the world is drawing closer to eliminating the AIDS epidemic, but health care workers must more accurately treat current HIV infections and reduce new HIV infections.

The WHO recently introduced a new series of recommendations to allow nations to expand their HIV treatments to all HIV patients. Despite encouraging statistics, 60 percent of the world’s population living with HIV infections have not joined an antiretroviral treatment to solve their infections.

“In the last 15 years, new HIV infections have reduced by 41 percent in the African region, more than in any region in the world,” WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said. “But the number of people acquiring HIV infection is still too high and young women and adolescent girls continue to be disproportionately at risk.”

The goal is to eliminate the epidemic by 2030, and the Millennium Development Goal has already been met. In 2014, there was a decline of 42 percent in HIV deaths. Now there are 1.2 million HIV deaths, compared to over 2 million in 2004.

"WHO’s new implementation guidelines showing how to treat all people living with HIV and decrease new infections are transformative,” Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS coordinator, said. “Short of an HIV vaccine or cure, this gives us the critical tools we need to create an AIDS-free generation with the fast-track strategy. We must seize this moment and chart a bold course together to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat."

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