AIDS: The United States promise to eradicate the virus

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hillary-clinton-in-aids-summitJuly 25, Washington: “No child, anywhere, will not be born with the virus,” proclaimed yesterday, Hillary Clinton on the occasion of the 19th International Conference on AIDS in Washington. To loud applause from an audience of 190 countries, the chief U.S. diplomat promised 150millions additional $ U.S., including 80millions for programs to prevent HIV transmission from pregnant women to their child and their partner. Secretary of State has assured the many at the conference “the commitment of the United States for the emergence of a generation without AIDS.”

The HIV virus is still affecting 35millions of people worldwide, including 97% living in poor countries. “Imagine a day when we will not be affected by this terrible epidemic and the costs and the suffering it imposes on us for far too long,” commented Clinton. Researchers estimate that the current therapeutic arsenal can consider ending the epidemic, responsible for 1.5 million deaths per year.

This is the first time in 22 years that this conference is being held in the United States. Some 25,000 people have participated since Sunday in Washington at the 19th International Conference on AIDS, with the key theme, a new mobilization to end the pandemic. A goal can now be found with existing treatments.

The researchers believe that the therapeutic arsenal developed for twenty years allows us to envisage the end of this devastating epidemic, which left 30 million dead from its emergence in the early 80s. Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the identification of HIV and other virologists , too, admit that cure for the infection seems possible with scientific advances and new impetus to mobilize global talents and resources.

The latest scientific studies are also encouraging. Recent results from clinical trials show that antiretroviral drugs can greatly reduce the risk of infection of HIV-negative people who have sex risky. These therapies developed in the 90 strongly reduce the viral load of HIV, allowing them to live healthy and much less transmit HIV.

A new step in the fight against AIDS has also been taken. FDA, U.S. Food and Drug, Monday gave the green light to the placing on the market in the U.S. Truvada, an antiretroviral which is the first preventive treatment against AIDS. Authorized since 2004 as a treatment in patients infected, its preventive efficacy had been demonstrated in a clinical trial conducted from July 2007 to December 2009 in six countries.

The United Nations estimates the number to 34 million people infected worldwide. But statistics show the UN that the number of AIDS-related deaths fell to 1.7 million last year against 1.8 million in 2010 and 2.3 million in 2005.

The United States in 1990 had banned the entry of HIV-positive people. This measure was lifted in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

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