Tuesday, February 23, 2010

AIDS 'could be under control worldwide in five years'

According to leading scientists of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modeling and Analysis, the global AIDS epidemic could be contained within just five years.

Researcher Brian Williams, states that by testing everybody found to be in high-risk regions and immediately treating all those found to be HIV-positive the spread of HIV/AIDS "could be under control worldwide in five years."

Dr. Williams asserts that while such an ambitious "inititative would be expensive at first, it would rapidly pay for itself by cutting the costs for caring for AIDS patients and reducing the economic damage caused by AIDS deaths."

Efforts such as these being proposed by Dr. Williams of South Africa are in line with Millennium Development Goal #6: Combating HIV/AIDS.

- Tiffanie Depew

SOURCE: TimesOnline.co.uk