HIV Treatment for All
It's a simple idea: Today's HIV meds work amazingly well with few side effects, and they also dramatically reduce the risk that someone with HIV will transmit the virus. So why not give meds to everyone who needs them?
The answer, of course, is money. The drugs themselves often have huge price tags, plus it costs a ton to test people for HIV, make meds available worldwide, and help people with HIV stay on treatment.
Universal HIV treatment access is a mind-bogglingly huge undertaking. But we're making progress. Many groups, including PEPFAR, the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Medicines Patent Pool, keep fighting to reduce drug costs. Meanwhile, Brazil stands as a shining example of how universal treatment is possible. Other places, like British Columbia, Canada, hope to follow suit.