Doctors without borders: "Italian Government respects the commitments in the fight against Aids"

   The Italy hosts this year's International Aids Conference 2011. A great honor for our country, considered among the best in the world regarding the research undertaken in the fight against Aids.
But as we pointed out in recent days, occasions like these serve both to praise the work of our researchers, who at the same time to reveal those defects and inconsistencies of the Belpaese.
The journal Science, in fact, he wrote only a few days ago that "despite the Italian researchers have long considered among the best worldwide in the fight against Aids, the Government has no plans to continue the national research programme on Aids." Funds trimmed looking, just like we wrote about Ciak! Medicine last week.
   And if the Government does not act now, Italy is in danger of going out precisely by the international programme of fight against Aids, with a serious loss for the entire medical community, that of our researchers, among the best in the world, has absolutely need at a time when the goal is to stabilize the infections by 2015 and proceed to the total elimination of the virus.
But while in our country we navigate in doubt, today it is a warning to doctors without borders to our Government, which has been invited to "respect the commitments made in the fight against Aids", as Italy is the only one among those of the G8 to not having paid contributions for 2009 and 2010 to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, as well as the only one without a future.
In any event, the Conference will go ahead and focus on two new strategies identified by researchers in the fight against Aids. The first concerns the use of antiretroviral therapies not only to fend off Hiv infection, but to prevent an infected person can transmit the virus.
   This would be a treat in the form of prevention, through which the seropositive would have a large percentage of lower probability (90% according to tests) to transmit the virus.
The second strategy, more complex, instead of using antiretroviral drugs on healthy people to avoid the plague. But it is still a rather risky option, whose validity would be demonstrated by tests carried out in Africa.


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