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New Global HIV Treatment Guidelines Aren't Just About Starting Early, Top Expert Warns (Video)

By Myles Helfand

July 17, 2013

"We can't focus entirely on public health at the expense of individuals," says Joel Gallant, M.D. In this interview with Fred Schaich of the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA) at IAS 2013, Gallant discusses what the newly updated World Health Organization HIV treatment guidelines mean for the future of antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited parts of the world. He focuses in particular on the idea that HIV treatment in poorer areas should not merely be about getting people on antiretrovirals, but about ensuring overarching quality of care for patients beyond providing medications.

Gallant also reflects on some of the key takeaway messages from IAS 2013, including new reflections on the extremely long-term effects of HIV infection among patients on treatment and the realities of day-to-day HIV clinical care in the U.S.

The video above has been posted on with permission from our partners at the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA). Visit IFARA's website or YouTube channel to watch more video interviews from the conference, as well as earlier meetings.

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