Towards HIV Treatment on Demand for All

Global Policy Analysis - Closing the gap between science and policy: Analysis of the current state of practice regarding the initiation of HIV treatment.

"The world faces an important window of opportunity in the trajectory of the global AIDS response. New scientific evidence shows that starting HIV treatment immediately upon diagnosis enables people to live longer, healthier lives and is among the most effective ways to prevent HIV transmission. Several years ago, in response to this evidence, some countries began providing all people living with HIV access to immediate treatment. Since results from the START trial were released in July 2015, there is widespread global consensus that immediate treatment is the best medical standard.

Yet, the vast majority of people living with HIV live in countries that do not provide the opportunity for immediate access to treatment for all (or ‘treatment on demand’) as a matter of policy and practice, typically because of insufficient resources and rationed health services."

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