For almost every known sickness including serious ones such as cancer—early diagnosis means early treatment; this is always better than delayed diagnosis and delayed treatment. When it comes to HIV, those who are knowledgeable about this illness know the fact that being treated early gives more hope of survival. This is not anything new at all; however, there are still many who do not get tested, hence, they are not treated. There are many patients who have died with advanced AIDS just because they failed to get tested for several reasons. Until today, there are people who still live with HIV and die of AIDS just because they don’t even know they are infected. The only way to eliminate HIV is through testing.
The 90-90-90 Process to Eliminate HIV by 2030
In a perfect world, you would imagine that people will just follow recommendations from the experts to stop something as serious as HIV. However, this is not a perfect world, and people don’t just follow. Still, there’s hope to finally eliminate HIV by 2030 with proper awareness and if people are continually encouraged to get tested. Testing is the crucial step to put an end to HIV because no matter how many “miracle cures” that may be found out there, if people refuse to get tested, they wouldn’t get the chance to be treated. An AIDS conference held in Vancouver in July 2015 introduced a 90-90-90 concept by researchers. The concept is pretty simple—5 years from now, in 2020, 90% of all HIV-positive individuals must undergo tests to check if they have the virus. If 90% of those who tested positive get treated and 90% of those treated effectively respond then in 2030, HIV will be gone for good.
The Importance of Undergoing HIV Tests
The 90-90-90 concept is simple; however, the 90% goal in 5 years may be quite a long shot, but it’s definitely achievable. Currently, there are approximately 19 million HIV-positive individuals haven’t been tested yet. This is actually more than half of those living with the virus! There are various ways to get tested for HIV and processes are usually fast, cheap and very simple. However, it’s not really a common thing to talk about or do for many individuals. Because the subject isn’t even brought up in normal conversations, getting tested for HIV is not even a concern for many. If only annual testing can be required by the government, then the goal can be achieved.
Awareness of HIV and the importance of undergoing regular tests must be talked about. The best and only way to get treated is if you know you have been infected. Again, early treatment is a must and is so much better than getting treatment when almost all hope is gone. Let’s be one and united in beating HIV and keep it away from our planet by 2030.
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