UNAIDS released a report this week to accelerate action to reach 15 million people with HIV medicine by 2015 -- the goal set by United Nations Member States in 2011.
The report urges countries to increase access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) to maximize HIV treatment efforts.
The report, Treatment 2015, offers countries and partners practical and innovative ways to increase the number of people accessing antiretroviral medicines. These medicines will not only enable people living with HIV to live longer and healthier lives, they will also help prevent new HIV infections.
“Reaching the 2015 target will be a critical milestone,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Countries and partners need to urgently and strategically invest resources and efforts to ensure that everyone has access to HIV prevention and treatment services.”
Treatment 2015 takes into account the new guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection released last month by the World Health Organization (WHO). The guidelines recommend that people living with HIV start antiretroviral therapy (ART) much earlier.