Treatment as prevention works!

Published: 11 May 2011

NAM reports cutting edge, breaking news as it happens. Yesterday we reported on the exciting results of a study that shows ARV treatment as prevention works.

NAM has become a leading authority in this evolving area, and over the last few years, NAM’s Editorial Team has been keeping a close eye on developments. Keith Alcorn, NAM’s Senior Editor says:

“This study resoundingly confirms what lots of smaller studies have been telling us for several years.”

Even before yesterday’s headline, NAM has been collating, distilling and summarising studies that focus on treatment as prevention. Preventing HIV, our free online resource, draws on the existing evidence, and answers the questions:

  • Is treatment as prevention starting to work?
  • What is the Swiss Statement and what are its repercussions?
  • Is there a consensus for test-and-treat approaches?
  • What are the steps necessary for making treatment-as-prevention work?

The findings of this latest study will perhaps help quell controversy and galvanise action. Keith adds:

“International donors cannot ignore the evidence any longer: HIV treatment is a very powerful form of HIV prevention, and could have a major effect on the HIV epidemic in the worst-affected countries. What we need now is a renewed commitment to HIV treatment, and studies to show how to get the maximum benefit out of this breakthrough at country level”.

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Barbara Dutton - 16 May 2011

I have been living with HIV/AIDS since 1986, presently I am undetected. I/m female, black and 59 years younger. This information is very interesting and gives me hope that one day it will be a cure.

Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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