China Implements ‘Treatment as Prevention’ Strategy

The World’s most populous nation embraces groundbreaking HIV/AIDS prevention strategy. It is implementing a “treatment as prevention” strategy. The proposal calls for widespread HIV testing and treatment. The strategy is based on the results of British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) research published last summer in the Lancet (which I reported about here). Research results showed that the benefit of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) extend beyond prolonging survival, to significantly preventing the transmission and spread of HIV.

“The expansion of HAART treatment throughout the world is critical to containing and curbing the global HIV and AIDS pandemic,” said Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the BC-CfE. “We applaud China’s leadership in implementing treatment as prevention to save lives, prevent infections and in the long-term save money.”

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