An AIDS patient shows a picture of himself in 2003 before he received antiretroviral drug therapy and began a food program. He was so ill then that his family purchased his coffin.


ART have been a revolution in the treatment of the AIDS virus. Over 19 million lives have been saved by the AIDS virus to their widespread use, the vast majority of 70% in developing countries, according to a study published Tuesday in the American academic journal The Lancet , on the occasion of the International AIDS Conference being held currently in Melbourne, Australia. Antiretroviral drugs have actually shown their effectiveness in recent years. They can effectively fight the AIDS virus (HIV) to make it undetectable in the blood. However, antiretroviral drugs do not offer complete cure but provide a durable prolong the lives of people infected with the AIDS virus.

The Lancet explains the origin of the study. According to the magazine, it all began when researchers at the American Institute IHME at the University of Washington analyzed data from 188 countries over the period 1990 to 2013 to achieve “the most comprehensive study on the objectives of Millennium Development Goals, “in the fight against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. These goals, adopted in 2000 by the United Nations, had elements of these three diseases, with the ambition to halt and roll back to, especially in poor countries by 2015.

According to lead study author, Dr. Christopher Murray of the University of Washington, if these good results for HIV were obtained, it is because there has been a “sharp increase in financing and political attention on AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis for 13 years. ” Or, “Our research shows that attention to these diseases has had a real impact,” he says, noting however that there is still much to do, and that these diseases remain a major health problem 2013.