As an Abbott expert, could you provide a glimpse into the global status of HIV/AIDS? Gavin Cloherty, head of Infectious Disease Research, one of Abbott’s leading Virus Hunters Nearly 37 million people around the world are living with HIV. Today, three out of four people living with HIV know their status, the vital first step to getting treatment. Thanks to sustained access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), many 58 per cent of HIV infected people are living longer and healthier, gradually reducing the risk of transmission. Nevertheless, the HIV virus rapidly evolves into new strains, making it more difficult to eliminate. For more than 30 years, Abbott’s research and diagnostics work has helped to identify these new strains in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We were especially proud that our first HIV blood test was approved by the US FDA in 1985. Ever since, our broad range of tests have spanned the entire continuum of care for people at risk for HIV or living with the virus, whether they are getting treatment at a public health clinic in Chicago or living in a remote village in Uganda. About 9.25 million people do not know they are infected with HIV How important is… Read full this story
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