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Medical News and Perspectives
July 14, 2004

Report: HIV Prevention Efforts Remain Crucial as Global Treatment Access Expands

JAMA. 2004;292(2):162. doi:10.1001/jama.292.2.162

As programs gear up to make antiretroviral therapy (ART) more accessible in developing countries, it is crucial to keep prevention efforts front and center and to adapt them to changing conditions, according to a new report released in June.

The World Health Organization hopes to make ART available to 3 million individuals in the developing world by next year. The report, from the Global HIV Prevention Working Group, a panel of nearly 50 global AIDS public health experts and others, urges integrating HIV prevention measures (such as offering voluntary HIV counseling and testing and promoting condom use) into treatment programs, as well as offering it in clinics that treat sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis, hospitals, family planning and reproductive health centers, and other health care settings.