MSF response to UNAIDS release of new number of people on treatment in developing countries

Response to new number of people on treatment in developing countries:

“It is encouraging to see that treatment is expanding in poor countries – but the pace has to be picked up if the world wants to get ahead of the wave of new infections and make use of the latest science that HIV treatment is also HIV prevention. World leaders meeting at the UN AIDS summit next week have the best opportunity to translate the latest science [on HIV treatment as HIV prevention] into policies that could break the back of the HIV epidemic. This is not the time for a mediocre response that leaves the job only half done.” - Dr. Tido von Schoen-Angerer, Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines

Response to possible infections and deaths averted if universal access is achieved:

“These projections show the impact that expanding treatment could have if world leaders stand up at the AIDS summit next week and show they are willing to make the most of the latest evidence that HIV treatment can also prevent transmission of the virus. The research shows that the question is not only how many people you treat, but how soon. We want to see ambitious answers from world leaders at next week's AIDS summit, otherwise, we will have squandered the best chance to get ahead of the wave of new infections." - Dr. Tido von Schoen-Angerer, Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines