Commentary & Opinion
Promising HIV Prevention Offers Some New Hope
December 14, 2010
"The recent announcement that a pill currently used to treat HIV infection can also help prevent it was an important milestone in the effort to keep people from getting the virus. ... The HIV drug's success in a Phase III trial is one of several recent breakthroughs in HIV prevention. None of the approaches, which also include a vaginal gel and an AIDS vaccine, is perfect, but all are promising.
"Generous donors and innovative pricing mechanisms have made these antiretroviral drugs available to about 36 percent of those in the developing world who need them to stay alive and healthy. Increasingly, however, both donor and recipient governments are questioning the sustainability of foreign funding for [ARV] treatment. ... It has become clear that treatment for HIV, though still crucially important, can't solve the problem. That will only happen through preventing transmission of the virus in the first place. ...
Contra Costa Times
12.05.2010; Seth Berkley, M.D.
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