World AIDS Day 2014: Closing the gap in HIV prevention and treatment

19. November 2014 at 16:10

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On World AIDS Day 2014, the World Health Organization will issue new recommendations to help countries close important gaps in HIV prevention and treatment services.

The guidelines will include advice on providing antiretroviral drugs for people who have been exposed to HIV – such as health workers, sex-workers, survivors of rape. They also include recommendations on preventing and managing common opportunistic infections and diseases such as severe bacterial and malaria infections, cryptococcal meningitis and the many oral and skin infections that can affect people living with HIV.

World AIDS Day 2014 is an opportunity to harness the power of social change to put people first and close the access gap.

Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible, but only by closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind.
Closing the gap means empowering and enabling all people, everywhere, to access the services they need.
By closing the HIV testing gap, the 19 million people who are unaware of their HIV-positive status can begin to get support.
By closing the treatment gap, all 35 million people living with HIV will have access to life-saving medicine.
By closing the gap in access to medicines for children, all children living with HIV will be able to access treatment, not just the 24% who have access today.
By closing the access gap, all people can be included as part of the solution.

Closing the gap means that ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible.

Visit the official website of World Aids Day.
Get more information material on the WHO’s website about this campaign.

 

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