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Time to write last chapter on HIV

  • 11/30/2015 12:10:00 PM
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First published on http://edition.cnn.com/

 

By Chris Beyrer, IAS President, and Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health

In many ways, this is the most hopeful World AIDS Day we have seen in the 35-year history of the scourge that we know as HIV/AIDS. Yet, it is also one of the most challenging, in terms of the work we still have to do to translate scientific progress into more saved lives, fewer new infections and ultimately an end to the AIDS pandemic.

Lack of tools and information to end the pandemic is no longer the challenge; we have a clear path forward. The question is whether -- and when -- we will accomplish this goal.

We now have definitive proof that starting anti-viral treatment for HIV as early as possible following initial infection not only preserves the health of those living with HIV but also protects their uninfected sexual partners by dramatically reducing the likelihood of transmitting HIV.

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