Getting To Zero: A Call For World AIDS Day (Dr. Julio Montaner)
Ending AIDS as a pandemic is very possible and can be done using our made-in-Canada Treatment as Prevention (TasP) strategy, a disease elimination strategy pioneered by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE). UNAIDS has embraced the ambitious goal of ending the AIDS by 2030, and this has now been formally endorsed within the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals agenda. On World AIDS Day, UNAIDS will be calling for the world to achieve: “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.”
In October of this year, The Economist stated, when it comes to targeted disease elimination, “the biggest prize might be AIDS itself.” AIDS, the disease caused by HIV, meets the criteria for disease elimination in an infectious illness reliant on human-to-human transmission.