“We can begin to end the AIDS epidemic. Will we?”
AIDS advocacy groups took out a full page advertisement in the print edition of Thursday’s Politico. The groups utilized quotes from political, scientific and religious leaders to send the message that we now have the tools to begin to end the AIDS epidemic – but will we follow through?
Scientific advances in the past several years have provided the world with an arsenal of prevention tools that can make a big dent in the AIDS epidemic. Of particular note is the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study which found that putting an HIV-infected person on immediate antiretroviral therapy reduces their chances of spreading the virus to their uninfected sexual partner by 96 percent.
“Our efforts have helped set the stage for the historic opportunity the world has today: to change the course of this pandemic and usher in an AIDS-free generation,” the ad quotes from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech Tuesday at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The ad also features quotes from the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at NIH Anthony Fauci, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.