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.
Stephenson J. Report: HIV Prevention Efforts Remain Crucial as Global Treatment Access Expands. JAMA. 2004;292(2):162. doi:10.1001/jama.292.2.162