Navigation Links
U.N. Officials Call on Countries To Strengthen HIV/AIDS Prevention Efforts

Governments and health workers should focus their efforts on strengthening HIV/AIDS prevention efforts because increased access to antiretroviral drugs// will not overcome the pandemic, Kevin De Cock, director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS Department, and Michel Sidibe, deputy director of UNAIDS, said on Tuesday during a press conference in London.

The officials' comments follow the release of a report on Tuesday from UNAIDS, UNICEF and WHO that found 28% of people in developing countries who need antiretroviral drugs have access to them.

According to the report, the number of HIV-positive people in developing countries with access to antiretroviral therapy increased 54% to two million people in 2006. The report found that five million people remain without access to antiretrovirals and that 15% of the 780,000 children in need of antiretroviral drugs had access to treatment by the end of last year. The report also found that 380,000 children last year in developing countries died of AIDS-related illnesses, most of which were preventable.

According to De Cock, although the number of people with treatment access is smaller than desired, those receiving treatment are benefiting. "If you visit these countries, go to clinics and go to people’s houses, you see people going back to work," De Cock said, adding, "It is pretty impressive.”

However, about six times as many people in 2006 contracted HIV than those who started antiretroviral treatment, meaning that prevention efforts are failing or nonexistent, according to De Cock. The report called on governments to develop specific strategies aimed at successfully preventing and treating HIV/AIDS.

"A rebalancing of our perception of the epidemic and reinvigorating prevention is absolutely essential," De Cock said, adding, "If there's one big lesson, it's that you cannot separate prevention from treatment. If 700,000 people are accessing therapy eve ry year, but every year we have over four million new infections, for every case that goes on to treatment, there's six more getting to the back of the line who will require therapy. We can't treat our way out of this epidemic."

According to Sidibe, 40,000 people in Malawi began antiretroviral treatment last year, but the number of new cases in the country during the same time period was double that number. He added that it is necessary to "turn off the tap" of new HIV cases. Sidibe also raised questions about how long-term HIV/AIDS programs would be funded. Current funding levels total about $8 billion, Sidibe said, adding that this amount would have to increase to $23 billion by 2010 to fund prevention, care and treatment programs.

Individual countries also should take responsibility for HIV/AIDS treatment targets, De Cock said, adding that some African countries are not exhibiting adequate leadership on the issue.

According to the Times, more than 150 countries committed to establishing universal treatment access targets by the end of 2006 but only 90 submitted data on such targets by that date, the report says.

Source-Kaiser Family Foundation/
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Health Officials Recommend Flu Vaccine
2. Nutrient Profiling System Launched By Food Officials in UK
3. US Officials To Discuss Effectiveness Of Plan To Face Bird Flu Threat
4. Health Officials Inquire Into OraQuick HIV Tests
5. Officials In Turkey Confirm Deaths Due To Bird Flu
6. Chinese Health Officials To Discuss Preparation Of Bird Flu
7. Bihar Health Officials Worried As Polio Cases Soar
8. Medical Ethics Violated By Prison Officials In Guantanamo Bay
9. Wal-Mart under Pressure from Health Care Officials
10. Minister Suspends 13 Officials For Pulse Polio Laxity
11. Health Officials Defend Their Decision To House Patients In Hotels
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 on E ... goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not ... as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills Physicians ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance Day. In ... benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, has issued ... Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, which can ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) ... will receive two significant new grants to support its work to advance research ... anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... is now offering micro-osteoperforation for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience ... Damon brackets , AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and ... that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then ... will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... OAKLAND, N.J. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... in the design, development and manufacturing of collagen ... and regeneration announced today that Bill Messer ... Sales and Marketing to further leverage the growing ... surgery medical devices. Bill joins the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 The Academy ... of recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical companies ... with entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, a ... "value" of new medicines. The recommendations address ... not appear on the drug label, a prohibition that ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ... company developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that it ... Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of U.S. ... "This is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," said ... increase shareholder awareness of our progress in developing drugs ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: