World AIDS Day is one of the 8 official, global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). The first event took place in 1988 with a roll call of those who’d died being read out in cities around the world.
From today, Brazil’s national health service is making PrEP available to men who have sex with men, sex workers and transgender people. The Ministry estimates around 9000 people will take up the treatment to protect themselves from contracting HIV.
The latest data from sexual health clinics are proving the efficacy of PrEP and treatment as prevention. Ensuring the virus is kept at undetectable levels in HIV positive people, and getting high-risk individuals onto PrEP has resulted in up to a 90% drop in new infections.
President Trump has been criticised for excluding any mention of LGBT people or intravenous drug users in his proclamation for World AIDS Day. The President did, however, mention his financial aid for girls & young women in sub-Saharan Africa.
While treatments for HIV infection improve each year, the search for a cure has become the new Holy Grail. Gene therapy offers one of the best hopes and scientists are cautiously optimistic about finding a cure by 2020.
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