Statement by Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State, on the HPTN 052 Research Findings

May 12, 2011

“The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) welcomes the National Institutes of Health’s announcement of results from HTPN 052, a randomized clinical trial demonstrating that starting treatment early dramatically reduces the chance that a person living with HIV will transmit the virus to partners through sexual activity. The trial also shows that early treatment reduces HIV-associated illnesses, such as tuberculosis.

“This is exciting news for PEPFAR and the global community. We are determined not only to save lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, but to change the course of the HIV epidemic by reducing new infections.

“PEPFAR is already the largest supporter of global HIV treatment efforts, directly supporting life-saving HIV treatment for more than 3.2 million people worldwide. Our investments in treatment have saved millions of lives, and they are likely linked to the prevention of many HIV infections that might otherwise have occurred through sexual transmission. These treatment efforts complement and expand upon PEPFAR’s ongoing prevention programs, which have reached millions and saved lives.

“This research underscores that HIV prevention and treatment are closely interconnected in improving health outcomes. A continuum of services that includes prevention, treatment, and care is essential because a highly effective public health response must be comprehensive. We cannot be successful in battling this epidemic unless we ensure that there are strong linkages among all components of a country’s HIV response.

“Going forward, the U.S. Government will work with UN partners, partner country governments, and other key actors to understand the implications of these important new results for PEPFAR and global HIV programs. As part of this effort, we will work with partners to stimulate further research on how to use these findings to inform program implementation.”


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