SACEMA's Professor Brian Williams makes major presentation at CROI

Posted by Administrator on Tue, Feb 23 2010 12:17:00

On February 16th 2010, San Francisco, Prof Brian Williams gave a presentation titled, "Put Your Money Where Your Model Is: ART for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS", as part of CROI's 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (16-19 February 2010).

The big question at hand, as Brian formulated it, is: "Can we use treatment for prevention, not just for survival?" In his presentation, Brian referred to the arguments of David Ho (1995) and Julio Montaner et al. (2006), both of whom tried to answer this very question and expressed regret that their advice was not followed at the time. Brian suggested that ART be given as prophylaxis to high risk groups (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis or PREP) as well as to younger people in high prevalence settings and that the Test and Treat methodology, in which individuals are tested once a year and put on ART as soon as they test HIV positive, should be followed in low prevalence settings as well as be applied to older people in high prevalence settings. Brian's presentation was extremely well received by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, based in Washington DC).

Here is a link to the presentation given by Prof Brian Williams:

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