Today, effective HIV prevention and treatment methods are available to more people around the world than ever before, however challenges in the fight to end the epidemic and improve the lives of people living with HIV still lie ahead. On World AIDS Day, JSI’s Andrew Fullem celebrates the opportunities to continue global progress toward an AIDS-free generation.
In the past year, PEPFAR, OGAC, and WHO have issued updates to their HIV/AIDS strategies which include ambitious new goals for controlling the epidemic. AIDSFree Deputy Director Helen Cornman calls for national and international HIV/AIDS programs to take a pragmatic approach to adapting to the rapidly shifting HIV landscape.
HIV still has no cure or vaccine, but current tools, if used at scale and in combination, can help us achieve an AIDS-free generation by 2030. JSI’s Dr. Samson Kironde, Director of the AIDSFree Project, explains the global strategy, tactics, and best practices that are helping set the path for an end to HIV.
The Every Dose, Every Day online toolkit developed by CDC and AIDS.gov offers assistance to both health care providers and people with HIV to improve medication adherence.
The latest WHO guidelines on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention could have major implications for people living with HIV and those at greatest risk for contracting the virus. JSI’s Samson Kironde, Director of the AIDSFree project explains that in order to realize the guidelines’ potential, global investments must be made to overcome the remaining challenges to ending the HIV epidemic.
Reporting from the 2015 International AIDS Society conference in Vancouver, B.C., JSI’s Samson Kironde, Director of the AIDSFree project, explains key point of the new WHO guidelines on HIV testing services.
Watch Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Health’s Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), describe the exciting and significant findings from the START Study: HIV therapy should begin immediately!
Samson Kironde, Chief of Party of the STAR-EC project in Uganda, argues that the end of HIV is within our reach, but immediate and persistent action must be taken to break down the cultural, societal, and structural barriers that remain obstructions to that goal.
In my medical residency program, we had a Family Practice Service where we would care for our own clinic patients and those of local family doctors. AIDS was new, virulent, implacable.
The International AIDS Conference is a celebration of our successes, and there have been many. New tools for prevention have been discovered and developed, including pre-exposure prophylaxis, HIV treatment as prevention, which along with the social and behavioral interventions of education, condom promotion, and needle and syringe exchange, make achieving an end to the AIDS epidemic a possibility within reach.