H.I.V patients are not safe, for the time being. Every patient who knows that they are infected are recommended that they accept antiretroviral triple therapy. Moreover, people at risk of getting infected should also try to take extra precautions and have these drugs in their possession. This was the World Health Organization’s declaration last Wednesday after having made changes to the H.I.V. treatment and prevention guidelines.
According to these new guidelines, the number of people who are prioritized for treatment has spiked by 9 million, not to mention the other unknown millions who are supposed to get extra protective doses. The major difference between the old and new guidelines are the millions of women and girls located in Africa. Until now, gay men, people who had infected partners and prostitutes were the only ones mentioned.
The cost of this procedure has yet to have been established, but investment is surely going to be felt worldwide. The good news is that the majority of advocates in the world agreed to the new guidelines and welcomed them with open arms. Very few of them asked how much this entire procedure will cost.
This important step was acknowledged by Mark Dybul, doctor and executive director at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dr. Dybul specifically mentioned that the newly given recommendations are “critically important to moving us toward fast-track treatment and prevention goals.”
However, this new procedure might not be taken as lightly by the worldwide population. Indeed, everything is being organized for a very noble cause that we should support, but we must face the reality here: we are all, out of a sudden, going to have to pay to support the people of Africa, a very large and growing population that does not bring much of a noticeable contribution to the world.
This is a very objectifying view, no doubt, but there are certainly people in the world who would not take this news lightly and their opinions should at least be voiced.
Specialists in H.I.V. agree overall that there is much that needs to be done in order to prevent it from spreading. While abstinence, condoms and the moral approach of being faithful are the keys that contribute to the general population’s welfare, further steps need to be made to ensure that things do not ever go out of hand.
So what do you believe? Should we move onward with this approach? Or should we discuss if the entire globe needs to support Africa all of a sudden?
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