Monday, August 1, 2011

PrEPing for the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic

 via The Madison Times, By Phil Wilson

We have reached a deciding moment. HIV is 100 percent preventable, including among some of our most at-risk populations: women, gay and bisexual men and young adults.  HIV is also 100 percent diagnosable and in many cases treatable.  Our prevention toolbox is now exploding with options. We now have the all of the tools needed to end the AIDS epidemic!

The promising new PrEP results arrive at a critical time.  Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the historic National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the nation’s first comprehensive roadmap for fighting the epidemic, and one that places the well-being of Black people front and center. We also have health-insurance reform to provide care to the least among us.

But the anniversary and this remarkable string of study results come during an economic downturn that has seen many people lose jobs and others slip through the proverbial “safety net”—losing health insurance, unemployment, and other benefits.  It also comes at the same time many states are cutting funding for HIV/AIDS-prevention programs and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).

So while we have the toolkit to end the epidemic, the question remains whether we have the political will to invest in using the tools strategically, effectively and compassionately.

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1 comment:

  1. We know the causes of infection, we have the tools to stop it. It will stop? NO! I'm not pessimistic, just look at the world and think. We've stopped running the hungry? Temin hunger in the world is easier to stop the AIDS epidemic, but no one seriously compremente to end hunger. It's easy, costs less than a war. Suigen hunger there. It will end or halt the AIDS epidemic? With all the pain of my heart, let me suspicious.


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