Responding effectively to the HIV pandemic
The HIV pandemic is an extraordinary kind of a crisis. It is both an emergency and a long-term development issue, and cannot be simply lumped together with the world's many emergencies. HIV is exceptional for many reasons, but primarily because it affects young adults in their most productive years, and because HIV has a long incubation period from infection to manifest disease during which it can be unknowingly transmitted to others. As yet, there is neither a cure nor a vaccine. HIV requires an exceptional response that remains flexible, creative, energetic, and vigilant. The HIV pandemic is now at a crossroads. If the world's response to HIV continues in its well-meaning but haphazard and ineffectual fashion, then the pandemic will continue to outpace the response. This chapter reviews the response to HIV to date at global and country levels, and propose concrete actions to face the challenges ahead.
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