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UN Calls on Gay community to take Anti-Retroviral drugs
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of July 14th, 2014) A new report released on July 11th, 2014 byy the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that the populations at high risk of HIV/AIDS should use an antiretroviral combination therapy as an additional method of prevention. Additionally of course alongside using a condom.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) ‘strongly recommends that men who have sex with men should consider taking antiretrovirals as an additional method to HIV prevention.’
Gottfried Himschall, head of the WHO HIV says ‘an explosion of the epidemic’ due to any effort of –prevention and overconfidence amongst gays. The UN recommendation also applies to several at-risk populations, including sex workers, transgender people and prisoners. It is to these people then that should be the focus of effort, explains Himschall, as governments often favour a particular target without prevention.
Simply generalising preventative bitherpaies (ie in addition to the condom) would decease from 20% to 25% the number of new infections amongst the homosexual community, either ‘1 million new infections (less) in this group over ten years.
Gays are 19percent more likely to contrat HIV/AIDS than the rest of the population, according to the UN. Especially in sub-saharan Africa, where 35.3 million people living with HIV represent 71% of HIV infections recorded in the world.
The new recommendations of the UN are going in the same direction as several national initiatives. In the United States, the administration of public health advocates officially the preventive use of anti-retrovirals for at-risk groups such as the gay community.
The publication of the UN report comes just ten days before the opening of the 20th international AIDS conference (Website : Blog) to be held from July 20th to 25th 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Gay Blog MensGo will have the opportunity to talk in more detail next week.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.