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Sunday, July 18, 2010

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NIAID MEDIA AVAILABILITY
NIH Leaders Outline Strategy for Controlling and Ultimately Ending the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

WHAT:
According to a new editorial, the world can control and ultimately end the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a three-pronged strategy that

  • Significantly expands HIV testing and the availability of antiretroviral therapy
  • Cures a sizeable proportion of HIV-infected individuals, so they no longer need lifelong antiretroviral therapy
  • Prevents new HIV infections through greater availability of previously proven strategies as well as a new generation of HIV prevention tools

The authors explain why these three elements are necessary for ending the pandemic, and how each element—though challenging—could be tackled through a concerted global effort.

ARTICLE:
GK Folkers and AS Fauci. Controlling and ultimately ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. JAMA 304(3):350–351 (2010).

WHO:
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NIAID director, and Gregory K. Folkers, M.S., M.P.H., NIAID health scientist and chief of staff, are available for comment.

CONTACT:
To schedule interviews, please contact Laura Sivitz Leifman, 301-402-1663, niaidnews@niaid.nih.gov.

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Last Updated July 18, 2010

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