We know that adherence is the key to prevention and treatment. But how do we ensure adherence in the face of the myriad individual, structural, financial, psychological, and social barriers that HIV-positive people need to overcome?
How do we make HIV prevention work? There’s plenty of theoretical knowledge; transforming knowledge into sustainable practice is the challenge. For longstanding biomedical prevention methods or new approaches alike, one critical component underlies sustainable HIV prevention: adherence.
Who is most impacted by HIV in the United States, and what are the promising policies and interventions that can help reduce new infections and improve the health and well-being of those living with HIV? Stewart Landers, Director of JSI/Boston, offers insight and a thank you to those who have fought to end the epidemic.
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.
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.
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.
Writing from the 2011 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), Juli Powers, JSI, says, “This was the first conference where I sat in the audience and listened as multiple individuals not only shared a vision for the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but made me believe that it is possible within our lifetime.” Life is about those defining moments – and perhaps most importantly, what we do with them. I was reminded not only how far we have come, but that there is hope that the end of the epidemic is within our reach.