“Ending the HIV epidemic” has become a popular catchphrase in government and community programs dealing with HIV. However, it can be difficult to understand exactly what this goal means. Put simply, it refers to achieving a functional cure that reduces the number of new cases to a negligible level, rather than completely eradicating the virus. This can be accomplished by leveraging prevention tools like PrEP and ART, as well as addressing social determinants of health. Despite this somewhat ambiguous goal, progress has been made in recent years towards reducing HIV transmission rates and providing better care for those living with the virus.
Today: December 6, 2023