An ambitious plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 seeks to increase the number of people eligible for treatment of 28 million people to all 37 million who currently live with HIV globally. 

Today, as part of a new „treat-all“ recommendation, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a statement recommending that people at „substantial“ risk of HIV should be offered preventive antiretroviral treatment (ART). It encompasses the removal of all limitations on eligibility for ART among people living with HIV, so now all populations and age groups are eligible for treatment. It also stresses that ART should be initiated in everyone living with HIV at any CD4 cell count.

New guidelines on when to start ART or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) urge for a new approach to combat the virus: „The use of daily oral PrEP is recommended as a prevention choice for people at substantial risk of HIV infection as part of combination prevention approaches.“

Already last year WHO recommended to offer a combination of antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV acquisition, PrEP, for men who have sex with men. European Governments have not yet reacted, accepting further unnecessary seroconversions.

According to latest UNAIDS estimates, expanding access to ART to all people living with HIV and expanding prevention choices can help avert 21 million AIDS-related deaths and 28 million new infections by 2030.

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