Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of AIDS Society of India and Chair of the 8th National conference of AIDS Society of India (ASICON 2015) opening in Mumbai this week (October 30-November 1, 2015) said that, "Test and treat strategy, treatment as prevention (TasP), PrEP, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for the victims of sexual assaults, are some of the evidence-backed approaches where India should not delay to further fortify its programmatic approaches so as to maximize public health outcomes. Achieving the ambitious treatment target of 90-90-90 by 2020 set by the UNAIDS will only be possible by a dedicated and united effort by the government, caregivers, NGOs, pharmaceutical industry, private sector and community."
In the words of Gangakhedkar--'In a country that was not used to handling these kind of chronic diseases in the past, we have shown that we can deal with challenges by developing dynamic strategies through progressive and flexible approaches. The past has proved this, and let us hope the future too will hold promises of further controlling HIV infection in India.'
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service -- CNS
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