Treatment as Prevention
Can We Treat Our Way Out of the AIDS Epidemic?

Summary

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?

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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.

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    More about the “treatment as prevention” concept is here: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/newsplus/hivaids-promising-prevention-method/

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    The Botswana–Harvard Partnership (BHP) is an
    organization that supports the country’s HIV/AIDS and public health
    research, education, prevention, and treatment services. The BHP works with the government of Botswana: http://www.bhp.org.bw/

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    The World Health Organization has provided information about maternal-to-child transmission: http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/mtct/en/

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  • Eva

    In your opinion, would it be more beneficial to focus on the sociological impact of AIDS in communities, or the physical implications the disease has on the body. In other words, for preventative purposes, which is needed to be addressed first.

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