WHO wants HIV patients treated sooner to save lives, halt spread

An HIV-infected patient displays medicine at a hospital in Payao provinceBy Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – Doctors could save three million more lives worldwide by 2025 if they offer AIDS drugs to people with HIV much sooner after they test positive for the virus, the World Health Organization said on Sunday. While better access to cheap generic AIDS drugs means many more people are now getting treatment, health workers, particularly in poor countries with limited health budgets, currently tend to wait until the infection has progressed. But in new guidelines aimed at controlling and eventually reducing the global AIDS epidemic, the U.N. …



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