Doctors Without Borders encourages WHO guidelines for HIV/AIDS treatment
A report from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) indicates that as of June, approximately 15.8 million people are receiving antiretroviral treatment on a global scale. This is approximately 2.2 million higher than the previous year. Despite this, more progress is needed to meet international goals of treatments being able to reach approximately 30 million people by 2020.
“Countries should waste no time and take up new WHO guidelines that call for all people living with HIV to be offered immediate treatment,” Sharonann Lynch, HIV and tuberculosis adviser for MSF's Access Campaign, said.
The organization reports that its test-and-treat programs in Swaziland have been successful and feasible in relation to resource limitations for patients who did not report heavy immune system deterioration. MSF states that uptake is approximately 82 percent, and a similar program has launched in South Sudan.
“Governments that have funded global HIV treatment should be encouraged by the important progress achieved, but must now put up what’s needed to speed up scale-up, so every person living with HIV is offered treatment and is given the support that helps them stick to treatment for life,” Lynch said.