From the New York Times online…
People infected with H.I.V. should be put on antiretroviral therapy even sooner than they are now, the World Health Organization said Sunday as it released new treatment guidelines.
While the new guidelines, issued at an international AIDS conference in Malaysia, were an aggressive step forward, they also represent a compromise between how much the world could do to suppress the epidemic if money were no object and how much donor countries are willing to pay for.
Dr. Margaret Chan, the W.H.O.’s director general, called the guidelines “a leap ahead in a trend of ever-higher goals and ever-greater achievements,” while Michel Sidibé, the executive director of the United Nations AIDS agency, who several years ago called for universal treatment, said the step-by-step rise of the guidelines “gets most of the people we want on treatment, but not all — so it shows that you have limits to the system.”
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