Putting Our Best Foot Forward: Getting the Best Treatment to the Most People Possible (TUSA10)
Morolake Odetoyinbo, Nigeria
Nathan Ford, United Kingdom
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
Nathan Ford, Morolake Odetoyinbo, Sharonann Lynch, Tom Decroo, Pedro Cahn, Leena Menghaney
The scientific promise of beginning to reverse the epidemic through treatment as part of combination prevention is tempered by major funding gaps. However, now is the time to push forward with the most innovative treatment strategies, the most robust drug regimens, and enabling policies to make treatment more affordable. Such innovations can both help countries struggling to provide care, and those that are striving to move faster. The panel will make a case for change: changing our pace of scale-up of ART to reach more people sooner in their disease progression; changing our models of treatment delivery to increase the number of people we reach, treat, and retain; changing our treatment options to include more potent and forgiving drugs; and structurally changing the way medicines are developed so that the success of beating back HIV does not hinge on a patent expiry.
July 24 18:30 - 20:30, Session Room 2