martes, 1 de diciembre de 2015

World AIDS Day: Making Strides Toward an AIDS-Free Generation

Dept. of Health & Human Services
December 1, 2015
By: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary
On the first World AIDS Day in 1988, people living with HIV/AIDS faced an uncertain future.
On average, those with AIDS lived only 19 to 30 months after their diagnosis. They had very few treatment options. And in the United States, many couldn’t get the medical care they needed because insurance companies could deny them coverage due to their “pre-existing condition.”
Today, we have a lot of progress to celebrate. On the 28th World AIDS Day, someone diagnosed with HIV soon after infection who gets appropriate care and consistent treatment can expect to live a nearly normal lifespan. Treatment can even reduce the risk of transmitting the virus by up to 96 percent. And no American can be denied health coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
We have even more work to do, though, and that’s why our theme for World AIDS Day 2015 is The Time to Act is Now.
READ MORE: World AIDS Day: Making Strides Toward an AIDS-Free Generation
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