Experts on HIV/AIDS gathered in Vancouver called for a shift in HIV treatment, urging immediate treatment for people living with HIV, instead of waiting for signs of illness to appear.
The move was announced at a global meet of HIV-AIDS experts in western Canadian city of Vancouver.
Chris Beyrer, president of International AIDS Society, said Community organizers have reached a consensus on asking world leaders to commit to giving all people diagnosed with HIV immediate treatment.
Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV-AIDS, said, " Science has clearly proven that giving people with HIV early access to treatment saves lives. It is now irrefutable. There is no discussion anymore. The science is all in."
More than 6,000 international experts are attending the Vancouver conference. Montaner said that the experts need to have the same message when it comes to pressuring governments to support HIV treatment.
"We need to come out of this conference with a single voice because we have now the unique opportunity of ending the epidemic," said Montaner.