With no cure or vaccine in sight, HIV/AIDS remains a devastating epidemic, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where nearly 70% of new HIV infections occur. To curb HIV/AIDS, researchers have proposed a strategy to use drug treatment to decrease new transmissions so much that the epidemic eventually dies out. The concept requires changes in standards of when anti-retroviral therapy begins and who receives it. Could “treatment as prevention” prove to be the strategy to finally end the AIDS epidemic?
Presented in Collaboration with PRI’s The World and WGBH
- HSPH AIDS Initiative
Viral Load as an Anti-AIDS Hammer
Image Credit: © 2008 Gaurav Gaur, Courtesy of Photoshare. Earthen lamps form the AIDS ribbon logo created by the Department of Social Work, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.