KKTV 11 News | Colorado Springs, Pueblo | 11 For Health

Health Officials Recommend More Aggressive Treatment For HIV

By: KKTV
By: KKTV
AP

AP

Thursday marks "World Aids Day," and health officials have a new recommendation for anyone living with HIV.

Standard practice has been to put off the expensive pill regimen, but officials now say those diagnosed should be offered AIDS drugs immediately. The reasoning is that a more aggressive approach will prolong life, and slow it from spreading.

President Barack Obama is expected to announce Thursday a new initiative to bring AIDS drugs to two million more people living with the disease around the world within the next two years. The president is also expected to target the disease at a domestic level by increasing spending on HIV and AIDS treatment by $50 million.

There are 1.2 million Americans living with HIV, with 50,000 more cases popping up yearly. More than 38 million live with HIV worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africa is by far the worst affected region, with more than 22 million infected.

Obama is expected to announce his administration's new goals


KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 134820008