September 10, 2017

Fauci: More resources needed to end global HIV/AIDS epidemic

This article originally appeared on Washington Blade.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases at the National Institutes of Health on Saturday said more resources need to be devoted to ending the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci in a presentation he gave at the U.S. Conference on AIDS at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in D.C. noted “individual countries” have met UNAIDS targets of having 90 percent of people with HIV knowing their status, receiving antiretroviral therapy and having undetectable viral loads by 2020. He pointed out “globally as a whole we are still far from the mark at 44 percent.”

“We need to do much better,” said Fauci. “You do much better with resources.”

Fauci said 19.5 million of the more than 36 million people around the world who are living with HIV are on antiretroviral drugs. He noted there is a “treatment gap” of 17.2 million people.

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