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Asian Nations Must Take ‘Balanced Approach’ to Combating HIV/AIDS, CDC NCHSTP Acting Director Says
Harold Jaffe, acting director of the CDC's National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, yesterday told Asian leaders attending the International Congress on Infectious Diseases in Singapore that they must take a "balanced approach" to combating HIV/AIDS or else "initial successes are unlikely to be sustained," Agence
France-Presse reports. "I think throughout the world, including Southeast Asia, there is tension in the need to continue prevention programs and the desire to start an antiretroviral therapy program in the sense that one will necessarily take resources form the other," Jaffe said, adding that "the important point is we need both." He said that treatment initiatives, including antiretroviral therapy, are "indispensable" in long-term strategies against the disease. "We aren't really going to get anywhere if we take our prevention resources and use them for treatment. We have to fund both; otherwise we won't have a viable program," he added (Agence France-Presse, 3/13).
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