Ending the HIV Epidemic

Ending the HIV Epidemic

Originally published on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We can end the HIV epidemic in the US. Immediate, effective treatment is key. Taking HIV medicine as prescribed can make the amount of virus in the body very low (called viral suppression or undetectable). People with HIV who stay undetectable can stay healthy and have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting HIV.

To reduce new infections:

  • Early HIV diagnosis is crucial. Everyone aged 13-64 should be tested at least once. People at high risk should be tested at least annually. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (e.g., every 3-6 months). bit.ly/2eJ8YNz

  • People with HIV should take HIV treatment as soon as possible. People who stay in lifetime treatment can live longer, prevent complications from HIV, and prevent transmission through sex.

  • Prevention tools like condoms and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can protect people who are at risk for HIV.

* Less than 200 copies of HIV per milliliter of blood

Deaths linked to heart surgery infections at Edinburgh hospital

Deaths linked to heart surgery infections at Edinburgh hospital

Excessive hygiene promotes resistance to antibiotics

Excessive hygiene promotes resistance to antibiotics