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Expatriate Healthcare News: AIDS-free generation 'is within our grasp'

Young people today may eventually live in a world where expatriate medical insurance policies no longer have to deal with the threat of AIDS.

An article presented at the International AIDS Conference and published in the journal JAMA suggested: "An AIDS-free generation may be possible."

The investigation, which was presented by Dr Anthony Fauci and co-author Dr Gregory Folkers, argued international healthcare researchers would have to be part of a "multifaceted global effort" that would focus on prevention, treatment and testing operations.

Furthermore, experts from around the world would have to develop a vaccine for HIV and possibly a cure, which would be a challenging scientific pursuit, they added.

Anti-retroviral drugs were highlighted by the authors as one of the most significant breakthroughs made in the fight against AIDS, which they referred to as a "modern-day plague" under which "an entire generation has grown up".

Because these anti-retrovirals are available, approximately 700,000 lives were saved during 2010 in low- and middle-income countries, the experts revealed.

Furthermore, the number of people in the US who have died from AIDS has dropped by two-thirds since antiretroviral therapies were introduced, they continued.

However, around 34 million people across the world are carriers of HIV, while an estimated 30 million people have died as a result of the condition.

Furthermore, while the rate of new infections is dropping or stabilising in a number of nations, there were still 1.8 million deaths from the disease during 2010.

People relocating abroad to counties in sub-Saharan Africa could be particularly likely to come into contact with HIV and AIDS, as the virus has had the most significant and severe impact in these nations.

By the end of 2009, there were nine African countries where at least ten per cent of people aged 15 to 49 had HIV, while three countries in the content had infection rates in this demographic surpassing 20 per cent.

Global forces must agree to commit their resources, strengthen international healthcare services and invest in the health of people in the most stricken countries, the report authors declared.

"With collective and resolute action now and a steadfast commitment for years to come, an AIDS-free generation is indeed within reach," they concluded.

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