Cure for HIV/AIDS is one of the most serious issues that is needed to be considered as the top priority for every health institute. It is why US President Donald Trump made a commitment to the end of the HIV epidemic in America and now the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a similar plan under the guidance of National Institutes of Health (NIH).
There was a time when we whispered “Cancer” cuz it was taboo. HIV/AIDS is that term & it need not be. I support education, information, facts, compassion cuz it doesn’t negate our humanity. I’m a Cancer survivor & living w/ HIV & love is the only way forward.
— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) November 24, 2019
World AIDS day is on December 1!
Let's support them and know your HIV Status! pic.twitter.com/iUdu7dZjuU
— Adrian Pascual (@adrianrey07) November 25, 2019
The plan is to reduce HIV occurrence domestically by 75% in 5 years, and by 90% by 2030. NIH will play a very important role, as it supports scientific innovations, funds research and consider ending HIV as its main goal. There are currently efforts being made by NIH in collaboration with a lot of national and international agencies to end the HIV epidemic by 2030 in America.
Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America
The collaborative and ambitious plan is called as Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America and work has already started to achieve the goal. The current strategies to tackle HIV are antiretroviral therapy (ART) drugs which can lower the effects of the virus and prolong the life expectancy of infected patient. Further, there is also a plan to eliminate HIV by ending the transmission of the disease from infected persons to non-infected persons.
This prevention strategy is known as Undetectable = Untransmittable, or U=U can prevent perinatal transmission of the virus. For HIV-negative people, pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by 99%. There is also post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, that can prevent HIV from becoming established in the body if taken within three days of exposure to an additional 28 days.
Working to End HIV and AIDS
NIH has recently increased funding for the researchers across the United States for diagnosing, treating and preventing HIV in areas that have high rates of new HIV cases. By working with the people closest to the real issues, NIH plans to end the epidemic very soon.
They have made a website where information regarding any development about cure for HIV/AIDS can be shared and the data is accessible to everyone. With the support of various institutes and individuals, NIH plans to eliminate HIV from the world for once and all.