New York, New York (PRWEB) September 04, 2012
Since many Americans became aware of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s, the fight against the disease has continued to grow and overcome major hurdles. This year’s International AIDS Conference hosted in Washington, D.C. welcomed experts from countries all over the globe in an effort to assess how far treatment has come and ways to advance prevention in the future. According to a recent article from The Huffington Post, the conference has offered a unique opportunity to unite international voices and discuss potential solutions for the eradication of AIDS. Jesse Stoff, respected immunologist, has a working knowledge of diseases that affect the immune system, and explains that although AIDS has been a tremendous challenge for every nation, researchers and governments have helped overcome a series of obstacles the disease has presented.
The article notes that this was the first International AIDS Conference to be held in the US in more than 20 years, and that public perception and understanding of the auto-immune disease has progressed considerably since then. The article suggests that in previous years, the collective approach to AIDS was focused merely on understanding the nature of the disease and effective ways to treat it in order to extend patient’s life expectancies. However, it states that now “30 years after the emergence of HIV/AIDS, there are many reasons to be hopeful that we are finally on a pathway to ending the epidemic.”
Jesse Stoff explains this progress, “There has been a tremendous amount of progress against HIV in the last two decades. Now with anti-retroviral treatments and protease inhibitors people can live with HIV for decades. Aggressive condom distribution programs throughout the world have helped in areas where drugs have failed to limit the spread of HIV. This conference demonstrates the progress that we have made, but underscores the advancements still needed to have any chance of eradicating this dreadful disease.”
In regards to ending HIV/AIDS, the article highlights a few new developments that may help reach this goal. In one example, the FDA has recently approved use of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis, which is a medication reported to help reduce viral transmission risks by 92 percent if taken as prescribed. The Huffington Post also notes that scientists have made steady progression in discovering an HIV vaccine. However, Jesse Stoff states that citizens should not rely solely on these options to enter the mainstream. Stoff maintains that prevention is key to help end the AIDS epidemic, and that every individual should stay educated about the disease and take caution to avoid contracting it.
Jesse Stoff is an immunologist who has acted as a researcher, consultant, and author. Through his work, Jesse Stoff has acquired expertise within the fields of acupuncture, private practice, naturopathic activities, teaching, and publishing research findings. To commemorate his contributions to the field, Jesse Stoff has received many awards and board certifications.
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