WHO EMRO statement on WORLD AIDS DAY 2015

HIV treatment with antiretroviral medicines is life-saving, and early start of treatment and achieving viral suppression has tremendous benefits. It improves the quality of life and longevity of people living with HIV and provides the public health benefit of reducing the transmission of the virus. Compelled by a wealth of evidence, recently issued an update of its HIV treatment guidelines to recommend treatment for all people living with HIV, independent of the level of immunodeficiency.

While the number of people who are receiving treatment has been steadily increasing, treatment coverage in our region is still the lowest in the world. To this day, fewer than one in five people living with HIV are receiving treatment.

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