New Antiretroviral Drugs Guidelines

New guidelines released by the World Health Organization on the use of antiretroviral medicines have been welcomed here by the Director of the HIV/AIDS Unit in the Ministry of Health.

Alisha Eugene however noted that adoption of the new guidelines is not an automatic acceptance by all regions of the world.

“It must be discussed at a regional level, which will take place later this month because not all changes are applicable to all countries. For instance some changes come with cost implications,” she said.

A press statement Thursday by UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) viewed the new guidelines as a significant step towards improving the lives of people living with HIV and reducing the transmission of the virus.

“These new guidelines and recommendations are a highly significant moment in the AIDS response. The medicines and scientific tools now at our disposal provide us with a real opportunity to save millions of lives over the coming years and to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” said Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS.

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