TITLE

Thirty Years of HIV and AIDS: Future Challenges and Opportunities

AUTHOR(S)
Dieffenbach, Carl W.; Fauci, Anthony S.
PUB. DATE
June 2011
SOURCE
Annals of Internal Medicine;6/7/2011, Vol. 154 Issue 11, p766
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
As the third decade since AIDS was first recognized comes to an end, extraordinary advances have occurred in the understanding, treatment, and prevention of HIV infection and AIDS. As a result of these successes, it is now time to focus on future challenges. Paramount among these is reaching the goal of truly controlling and ultimately ending the HIV and AIDS pandemic. To that end, AIDS researchers and public health personnel world- wide are aggressively pursuing 3 key areas of scientific research. Given the availability of highly effective therapeutic regimens for HIV infection, the first challenge is efficiently identifying a maximum number of HIV-infected persons through voluntary HIV testing and initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART). Second, scientists are trying to develop a cure for HIV infection, which would alleviate the need for lifelong ART. Finally, preventing new cases of HIV infection, which currently number approximately 2.6 million per year globally, is critical to any attempt to end this pandemic. This article addresses each of these challenges and provides directions for the future.
ACCESSION #
62807880

 

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