Una Mullally: Anti-HIV drug must be made available
Ireland needs to get serious about PrEP to combat a surge in infection rates
In Ireland, new cases of HIV rose more than 25% between 2015 and 2016.
For years, a vaccination against HIV has eluded scientists. There has been amazing progression made on treatment, however, with what was once seen as a death sentence now a manageable, lifelong illness where the viral load in a patient’s blood can be reduced to an undetectable level.
It’s kind of astonishing that people with a positive HIV status whose antiretroviral treatment has been successful can essentially be at a lower risk of transmitting the disease than those who simply don’t know their status.