Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up New WHO Guidelines for HIV Treatment

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With WHO releasing new guidelines recommending earlier HIV treatment with ART, Yourwellness Magazine explored the risks of contracting HIV.

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On the 30th of June, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued new HIV treatment guidelines which recommend offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier. This is because recent research has shown that earlier ART will help people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan commented, “These guidelines represent another leap ahead in a trend of ever-higher goals and ever-greater achievements. With nearly 10 million people now on antiretroviral therapy, we see that such prospects – unthinkable just a few years ago – can now fuel the momentum needed to push the HIV epidemic into irreversible decline.” (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/new_hiv_recommendations_20130630/en/index.html)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored the risks of contracting HIV. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is a dangerous condition that attacks the body’s immune system, leaving infected people vulnerable to disease and infection. When HIV progresses to its later stages and becomes AIDS, the immune system can no longer fight off life-threatening conditions. HIV infection is relatively rare – there are around 96,000 people living with HIV in the UK with around 6,200 new cases annually. However, there is no cure for this infection and so a diagnosis of HIV means life-long treatment.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/02/understanding-the-risks-of-contracting-hiv/#sthash.WwiNbBuU.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine explained that most HIV infections are passed through unprotected sex, while drug users sharing needles are also at risk. Pregnant women can pass the virus on to their unborn baby and breastfeeding mothers risk infecting their baby if they are HIV positive.

Yourwellness Magazine commented that those who have been in a situation where HIV infection was possible should get tested immediately, as early stage diagnosis allows treatment to start quickly, giving the infected individual a greater chance of remaining healthy and of a normal life expectancy. Yourwellness Magazine noted that a HIV test taken at a GP surgery will be placed on the patients’ medical records, while records for tests taken at a GUM or sexual health clinic remain private.

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